German Anglophobia and the Great War, 1914ÔÇô1918 (Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare)

German Anglophobia and the Great War, 1914ÔÇô1918 (Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare)

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Matthew Stibbe
Cambridge University Press, 5/3/2001
EAN 9780521782968, ISBN10: 0521782961

Hardcover, 282 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.9 cm
Language: English

This is the first major study of German attitudes towsrds England during the Great War, 1914–18, continuing the story of Anglo-German antagonism where previous studies have ended. In particular it focuses on the extremity of anti-English feeling in Germany in the early years of the war, and on the attempt by writers, propagandists and cartoonists to redefine Britain as the chief enemy of the German people and their cultural heritage. New material is also offered concerning the development of an extreme rightist network in Munich and Berlin during the war years, which used anti-English feeling as a focus for attacking the supposedly defeatist government of Chancellor Bethmann-Hollweg. Such views formed the background to the disastrous decision to begin unrestricted submarine warfare against England in January 1917; and they also contributed to the ideological polarization of German politics at a crucial juncture in European and world history.

1. Unser gehasstester Feind
German Anglophobia and the 'spirit of 1914'
2. The cultural war
German intellectuals and England
3. German war aims and propaganda against England
4. 'U-boat demagogy' and the crisis of Bethmann-Hollweg's chancellorship
5. The submarine crisis deepens
6. The Anglo-American powers and the collapse of the German empire

‘… a comprehensive monograph about a central aspect of early twentieth-century German political culture.’ German History

‘… deserves to be read not only by specialists of the First World War, but by anyone who wants to understand the course of German history in the first half of the twentieth century.’ Stefan Berger, English Historical Review

‘Stibbe vividly portrays the spread of Anglophobia through German literature and everyday culture.’ Sven Oliver Müller, German Historical Institute Bulletin

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‘… impressively researched and trenchantly argued … this is a very good book …‘. J. M. Bourne, University of Birmingham, History