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It was something I could on no account miss. ’30 Max Weber’s frequently quoted remark about August 1914, ‘All the same whether we succeed or not – this war is great and marvellous’,31 is, at least in this context, more representative than is commonly acknowledged. The collective enthusiasm and national engagement (‘war mission’) of numerous German scholars, writers and artists has been the object of intense study in recent research on the war. Their enthusiasm, according to Steffen Bruendel (to whom we owe the most innovative account so far of the ‘ideas of 1914’), had less do with the actual war than with the mobilisation of the entire people that only the war had made possible.