Cover Osteuropa 11-12/2014

In Osteuropa 11-12/2014

Politics and Memory
100 Years of the First World War

Helmut König

Deutsche Fassung


For the significance of the First World War, the question when and how it came to an end is more important than the question of how it started. What kind of traces did it leave in the collective memory of the participating nations and what kind of reactions did it provoke? With this question, the First World War is placed in the context of the general problem of how peoples and cultures in history reacted to dramatic, overwhelming violent events, such as the Trojan War or the Thirty Years War, events that deeply roused all of the participants.

(Osteuropa 11-12/2014, pp. 29–44)