War Guilt
(797 words)

War Guilt

The question of responsibility for the First World War was actually the subject of controversial discussion even before the outbreak of war, during the July Crisis of 1914, and was even answered propagandistically, to justify positions taken. Proclamations at the outset of the war, such as the “balcony speech” of Kaiser Wilhelm II on August 4 (“It is not the desire for conquest that drives us . . .”) or Poincaré’s “Union sacrée” address on the same date (“In the war now breaking out, France has right on her side.”) always emphasize the defensive character of…

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Krumeich, Gerd, “War Guilt”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 22 July 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0630>
First published online: 2015



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