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The ‘Rebirth Of Greater Germany’: The Austro-German Alliance And The Outbreak Of War

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This chapter examines the outbreak of Greater German euphoria at the start of the war and the altered Reich German perception (and more precisely, public depiction) of an ally previously seen as an anachronistic and mortally ill entity, shattered by struggles between its numerous nationalities. It discusses about the glorification and mythologization of the coalition between Imperial Germany and the Habsburg Monarchy in the first months of the war represented a significant element in German war ideology. The Austro-Hungarian declaration of war on 28 July 1914 set off the disastrous chain of mobilizations and ultimatums which turned Europe into a war zone. Two elements in particular were highlighted in this glorification of the alliance: loyalty and unity, propagated as core virtues which would lie at the heart of the affinity between Germans in both Empires.

Keywords: Austro-Hungarian declaration; German war; Habsburg Monarchy; outbreak



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