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Title: The Mobilisation of the intellectuals 1914-1915 and the Continuity of German Historical Consciousness
Contributor(s): Moses, John (author)
Publication Date: 2002
DOI: 10.1111/1467-8497.00264
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Abstract: There is renewed historical interest in the role played by intellectuals in all belligerent countries in the period leading up to and during the First World War. Whereas prior to the war scholars from all countries engaged in civilised scientific discourse, immediately after the outbreak of war they appeared to re-discover their own fatherlands and became passionately patriotic, placing their expertise at the service of their respective countries for the prosecution of the war. On closer scrutiny, however, the case of the German intellectual elite appears significantly different from their counterparts in other belligerent countries. They perceived themselves, more than, say, the British academic community, and certainly earlier than these, as virtual prophets called to justify their nation's war policies. This paper investigates the perceptions of German intellectuals, their explanation for the war and their various war-aims programs. It is suggested that the intellectuals/academics contributed in no small way to the formation of German political will.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australian Journal of Politics and History, 48(3), p. 336-352
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Place of Publication: Carlton South, Australia
ISSN: 0004-9522
Field of Research (FOR): 210399 Historical Studies not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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