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Spirit Of 1914 Militarism, Myth, and Mobilization in Germany

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ISBN-10: 0521026369

ISBN-13: 9780521026369

Edition: 2006

Authors: Jeffrey Verhey, Jay Winter, Paul Kennedy, Antoine Prost, Emmanuel Sivan

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This book is the first 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 Verheys 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. Jeffrey Verhey 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 new light on German experience of the Great War and on the role of political myths in modern German political culture.
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Book details

List price: $64.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/27/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 284
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Born at the very end of World War II in Northeast England, Paul Kennedy was the first in his family to go to a university college. After receiving his Ph.D. in philosophy at Oxford University, Kennedy came to the United States to work in Washington in the National Archives. A J. Richardson Professor of History at Yale University since 1983, Kennedy is also the author of numerous important books. The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers has enjoyed wide acclaim and great success as a best-seller, and Preparing for the Twenty-First Century covers the themes of lectures that Kennedy took part in at Yale University since the mid-1980s. Kennedy's teaching and research are influenced by his knowledge of global trends. Recognizing Kennedy's activity in community service and his wisdom and expertise, the Secretary General of the United Nations invited him to co-direct a working group on the future of the United Nations for the 50th anniversary of the UN General Assembly.

Introduction: the myth of the 'spirit of 1914'
Public opinion in Germany, July 1914: the evidence of the crowds
The response to the outbreak of war
The 'August experiences'
The 'spirit of 1914' in the immediate interpretations of the meaning of the war
The government's myth of the spirit of 1914
The 'spirit of 1914' in the discourse of the political parties
The myth of the 'spirit of 1914' in German propaganda, 1916���18
The 'spirit of 1914', 1919���45
Conclusion: the myth of the 'spirit of 1914' in German political culture, 1914���45
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