German Anglophobia and the Great War, 1914-1918

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"This is the first major study of German attitudes towards England during the Great War, 1914-18, continuing the story of Anglo-German antagonism where previous studies have ended. In particular it focuses on the extremity of anti-English feeling in Germany in the early years of the war, and on the attempt by writers, propagandists and cartoonists to redefine Britain as the chief enemy of the German people and their cultural heritage." "New material is also offered concerning the development of an extreme rightist network in Munich and Berlin during the war years, which used anti-English feeling as a focus for attacking the supposedly defeatist government of Chancellor Bethmann Hollweg. Such views formed the background to the disastrous decision to begin unrestricted submarine warfare against England in January 1917; and they also contributed to the ideological polarisation of German politics at a crucial juncture in European and world history."--BOOK JACKET.
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"German Anglophobia is full of interesting snippets and insights. It represents much productive labor in German newspaper archives." Journal of Modern History

"This is a well-written book boasting a great breadth of research and assiduously documenting evidence of powerful wartime sentiment concerning England ... This book is interesting and smart." Central European History

"Matthew Stibbe, a lecturer in history at Liverpool Hope University College, has produced a scholarly yet accessible account of German attitudes toward Britain during World War I. The lineament of xenophobia are skillfully dissected, with valuable attention to Anglophobia in poetry, prose, and cartoon...Stibbe is to be congrantulated on a major contribution to the professional literature that should also interest general readers." History Review of New Books

"Stdies of WW1 German propaganda often focus on Russophobia and territorial ambitions in eastern Europe. Stibbe argues that his examination of the development and dissemination of German Anglophobia during the Great War necessitates a reorientation of this historiography.... Of particular interest are Stibbe's assertion[s] that there was a significant linkage between Anglophobic grous and anti-semitic ideology (although this point is not always clear), and his investigation of the relationship between the Anglophobes and the "stab in the back" ideology to the development of the Nazi movement." Choice

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 Unser gehasstester Feind. German anglophobia and the 'spirit of 1914' 10
2 The cultural war. German intellectuals and England 49
3 German war aims and propaganda against England 80
4 'U-boat demagogy' and the crisis of Bethmann Hollweg's chancellorship 110
5 The submarine crisis deepens 135
6 The Anglo-American powers and the collapse of the German empire 165
Epilogue 194
Notes 210
Bibliography 248
Index 263
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