German Civil Peace

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German Civil Peace

In August 1914, there was a patriotic surge throughout Germany, which united the entire population, higher and lower classes together, against a common enemy, the Allied powers. This sense of nationalistic unity not only motivated people to enlist to fight in World War I, but also inspired people to set aside their differences to focus on the common goal, protecting Germany. (Source 2) This policy became known as the "civil peace" or Burgfrieden. At the beginning of the war, support for civil peace ran high throughout the population; however, as the war took its toll on Germany, the foundation of civil peace began to crumble, eventually becoming non-existent by the end of the war in 1918. (Source 12)

Throughout the years from 1914 to 1918 Germany had an amazing sense of nationalism and unity that deepened them as well as united them in the war. Leaders of the war such as the German Emperor Wilhelm the II supported the war.

Emperor Wilhelm praised the German people for their grateful and profound war efforts and moral support. He gave a speech in 1914 thanking the German people, and promised them that as soon as the war was over, the results would be astonishingly rewarding. He also enforced the idea that Germans stick together like brothers, and never give up on each other. (Source 1) The photograph of the Royal Palace in Berlin, (Source 2) shows many Germans celebrating with their hats off. In 1914 the German people were extremely united and excited. They believed that the war would always be in their favor. Germany should not have been so quick to conclusions, because it only quickened their fall. "Ten Years Ago" an article written in 1924 by Mr. S. Jobs was an amazing column that greatly supported...