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The Spirit of 1914: Militarism, Myth, and Mobilization in Germany - Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare 10 (Hardback)
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The Spirit of 1914: Militarism, Myth, and Mobilization in Germany - Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare 10 (Hardback)

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Hardback 284 Pages / Published: 04/05/2000
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This book, first published in 2000, is a systematic analysis of German public opinion at the outbreak of the Great War and the first treatment of the myth of the 'spirit of 1914', which stated that in August 1914 all Germans felt 'war enthusiasm' and that this enthusiasm constituted a critical moment in which German society was transformed. Jeffrey Verhey's powerful study demonstrates that the myth was historically inaccurate. Although intellectuals and much of the upper class were enthusiastic, the emotions and opinions of most of the population were far more complex and contradictory. The book further examines the development of the myth in newspapers, politics and propaganda, and the propagation and appropriation of this myth after the war. His innovative analysis sheds light on German experience of the Great War and on the role of political myths in modern German political culture.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521771375
Number of pages: 284
Weight: 590 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Verhey's research is exhaustive and innovative. His use of sources is clever and subtle.' Adrian Gregory, The English Historical Review
'Scholars and students alike will be grateful to Jeffrey Verhey for having analysed [his subject] with care and great detail.' Aribert Reimann, German History

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