Forging the Collective Memory: Government and International Historians through Two World Wars


When studying the origins of World War One, scholars have relied heavily on the series of key diplomatic documents published by the governments of both the defeated and the victorious powers in the 1920s and 1930s. However, this volume shows that these volumes, rather than dealing objectively with the past, were used by the different governments to project an interpretation of the origins of the Great War that was more palatable to them and their country than the truth might have been.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Keith Hamilton
  • Derek Spring
  • Holger H. Herwig
  • Herman Wittgens
  • Ellen L. Evans
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Providence, RI
Publication year:
  • 1996


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