1st Edition

Visions and Ideas of Europe during the First World War

Edited By Matthew D'Auria, Jan Vermeiren Copyright 2019
    278 Pages
    by Routledge

    278 Pages
    by Routledge

    Given the destruction and suffering caused by more than four years of industrialised warfare and economic hardship, scholars have tended to focus on the nationalism and hatred in the belligerent countries, holding that it led to a fundamental rupture of any sense of European commonality and unity. It is the central aim of this volume to correct this view and to highlight that many observers saw the conflict as a ‘European civil war’, and to discuss what this meant for discourses about Europe. Bringing together a remarkable range of compelling and highly original topics, this collection explores notions, images, and ideas of Europe in the midst of catastrophe.


    Jan Vermeiren and Matthew D’Auria

    Decadence, Messianism, and Redemption: Thinking Europe’s Apocalypse, 1914–1918

    Matthew D’Auria

    In Defence of Europe: Russia in German Intellectual Discourse, 1914-1918

    Jan Vermeiren

    Europe in the German Pacifists’ Discourse during the Great War

    Landry Charrier

    A New World? German and French Debates about America and Europe during the First World War

    Egbert Klautke

    Élie Faure, his Visions of War and his Image of Europe

    Annamaria Ducci

    Max Waechter, Anglo-German rapprochement and the European Unity League, 1906–1924

    Ulrich Tiedau

    ‘La Jeune Europe’: Masses, Anti-militarism and Moral Reformation in the Banfi-Caffi Correspondence (1910-1919)

    Marcello Gisondi

    Eagle and Dwarf: Polish Concepts of East Central Europe, 1914–1921

    Maciej Górny

    Ideas of Europe in Neutral Spain (1914-1918)

    Maximiliano Fuentes Codera

    Europe under Threat: Visual Projections of Europe in Raemaekers’ First World War Cartoons

    Richard Deswarte

    The Tenacity of European Self-Esteem at the Time of the First World War: Examples from Architecture and the Visual Arts

    Michael Wintle

    The Legacy of War and the Idea of Europe in the 1920s

    Mark Hewitson



    Jan Vermeiren and Matthew D’Auria teach History at the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom.