The Commemorative Medal in the Service of Germany

The Commemorative Medal in the Service of Germany

The Commemorative Medal in the Service of Germany

The Commemorative Medal in the Service of Germany

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One of the most curious of the campaigns which have been conducted by Germany with the twofold object of influencing the minds of neutrals and of maintaining enthusiasm for the war within her own borders is to be seen in the issue, in innumerable variety, of commemorative medals, a selected number of which are, illustrated in these pages. There have been few periods since the sixteenth century during which the efficacy of the medal as a vehicle for political manifesto has not been recognised by some Government or other. But never has this instrument been employed with so much zest, or with so frank an appeal to the lower passions to which war must always give rein, as it has in Germany during the present conflict. Whether the issue of these medals, which appear as the product of artists working on their own account or for private firms, has been actually organised, as some have supposed, by the German Government or not is a matter of indifference. They express the popular feeling in the same way, and are doubtless under the same sort of control, as the German Press.

The medals which have up to the present found their way to neutral countries comprise at least 580 different varieties, and are of many classes. There . . .

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