The Legacies of Two World Wars: European Societies in the by Lothar Kettenacker, Torsten Riotte

By Lothar Kettenacker, Torsten Riotte

The U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 was once performed in general, if one is to think US coverage on the time, to disencumber the folks of Iraq from an oppressive dictator. in spite of the fact that, the numerous protests in London, manhattan, and different towns indicate that the coverage of constructing the realm secure for democracyA" was once no longer shared through hundreds of thousands of individuals in lots of western international locations. considering this controversy encouraged the current quantity, which takes a more in-depth examine how society replied to the outbreaks and conclusions of the 1st and moment international Wars. that allows you to research this courting among the behavior of wars and public opinion, best students hint the moods and attitudes of the folk of 4 Western nations (Great Britain, France, Germany and Italy) earlier than, in the course of, and after the the most important moments of the 2 significant conflicts of the 20 th century. Focusing much less on politics and extra on how humans skilled the wars, this quantity indicates how the excellence among enthusiasm for battle, and predicament approximately its effects, isn't transparent lower.

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10. For details, cf. , 103–137. 11. Warren F. Kuehl, Seeking World Order: The United States and World Order to 1920 (Nashville/Tennessee, 1969); Calvin D. Davis, The United States and the First Hague Conference (Ithaca, 1962); Davis, The United States and the Second Hague Peace Conference (Durham, NC, 1973). 12. Der Bund (Bern), 18 May 1899 (unverified). 13. Stanley Hoffmann, Organisations internationales et pouvoirs politiques des etats (Paris, 1953). 28 | The Legacies of Two World Wars 14. Walther Schücking, Der Staatenverband der Haager Konferenzen, Das Werk vom Haag, vol.

Kultur und Krieg: Die Rolle der Intellektuellen, Künstler und Schriftsteller im Ersten Weltkrieg (Munich, 1996). 40 | The Legacies of Two World Wars 28. Uwe M. ), Max Beckmann. Briefe, vol. 1: 1899–1925 (Munich, 1993), 90 (letter of August 13). 29. ’ Ernst Toller, Eine Jugend in Deutschland. Gesammelte Werke, vol. 4 (Munich, 1978), 36. 30. ), Kultur und Krieg, 179–193. 31. Quoted in Wolfgang J. Mommsen, Max Weber und die deutsche Politik, 2nd edition (Tübingen, 1974), 206. 32. Steffen Bruendel, Volksgemeinschaft oder Volksstaat.

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.

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