Cover Osteuropa 11-12/2014

In Osteuropa 11-12/2014

The Centennial of the First World War
A Review of 2014

Jost Dülffer

Deutsche Fassung


The First World War was a global event, just like the commemorative year 2014. But nowhere was the war commemorated more excessively than in Germany. The succession of publications and debates recalled the deployment plans of the general staffs in 1914. Jan Leonhard submitted the best synthesis, but Christopher Clark drew the most attention with his volume The Sleepwalkers. The latter book seems to have been read as evidence that it was time to relieve Germany of any particular guilt for the start of war. Fortunately, political demands were seldom derived from this.

(Osteuropa 11-12/2014, pp. 45–58)