The Pan-German League, 1890-1914

The Pan-German League, 1890-1914

The Pan-German League, 1890-1914

The Pan-German League, 1890-1914

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The Great War focused the attention of the world on a phenomenon called propaganda. We have heard of Allied propaganda, of German propaganda, and most of all perhaps, of Pan-German propaganda. Germany, the German government, the German people have been accused of conspiring to spread their Kultur over the entire globe through a vague movement called "Pan-Germanism", which is generally considered to have been one of the major causes of the War.

This study will attempt to describe the German patriotic society--the Alldeutscher Verband, or Pan-German League as it is usually translated--which gave its name to the movement. Its origin, aims, membership, financial status and history up to the outbreak of the War will be considered in an endeavor to determine--in so far as it is possible to evaluate such an intangible thing--the significance of "Pan- Germanism" in the history of the two decades before 1914.

The study is based for the most part entirely upon primary sources: the publications of the Pan-German League itself, the Reichstag debates, official collections of documents, periodicals, newspapers and memoirs. For assistance in locating and procuring the material the writer wishes to acknowledge her indebtedness to the officials of the Columbia University Library, the uskunftsbüro der deutschen Bibliotheken (Berlin, Germany) and the Mayence Stadtbibliothek, (Mayence, Germany), as well as to Dr. Herman Escher of the Centralbibliothek (Zürich, Switzerland), for suggestions and advice. The librarian of the Mayence library has been . . .

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