Summer 1914

A vivid and gripping picture of the Germans' reaction to World War I

Original Title: Sommer 1914

original edition

Hardcover with jacket, 464 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in.
ISBN: 978-3-570-10122-3
€ 19.99 [D] | € 20.60 [A] | CHF 28.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: C. Bertelsmann

Date of publication: February 24, 2014
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Tillmann  Bendikowski - Summer 1914


A vivid and gripping picture of the German's reactions to World War I

The traditional view is that at the beginning of World War I, a huge wave of enthusiasm for the war swept over Germany; that in August 1914 the Germans wanted the war, were positively longing for it. Today we know that the general sentiment at the time was far more complex, a complicated mixture of highly different emotions and expectations. The people were everything, all at the same time and one after another – patriotic and enthusiastic, exuberant, noisy, violent, quiet and serious, sad, anxious or panicky.

In his attempt to understand the multitude of reactions in the summer of 1914, Tillmann Bendikowski has chosen five people whose written records allow a detailed view of this time. They represent different groups in German society, both the rural and urban populations, intellectuals and workers, women and men, civilians and soldiers.

With this impressive kaleidoscope, bestselling author Tillmann Bendikowski has brought back to life the summer of 1914 as a piece of German history, and as a result we can better understand it.

"A sensitive portrait of the society of that time in all its inner turmoil."

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