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The Great War

Insights and Perspectives


Elżbieta Katarzyna Dzikowska, Agata Handley and Piotr Zawilski

This publication is a collection of articles which summarise results of investigations into archival materials concerning wartime stories of various nations involved in the Great War. The objective of the authors was to analyse the wartime experience of individuals and local communities as well as whole nations. They further tried to present a closer, more personal overview of wartime drama. As a result the book portrays the impact of the Great War on the lives of multicultural communities, re-constructs individual war narratives and studies consequences of the conflict. The use of various types of historical materials from state archives and from other sources enabled the authors to create a multifaceted portrayal of the war seen from local and international perspectives.
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Ivan and aria for the dying world. The image of Russia in the propaganda of the central powers during the Great War


The war in which we did not want to believe broke out, and brought – disappointment. It is not only bloodier and more destructive than any foregoing war, as a result of the tremendous development of weapons of attack and defense, but it is at least as cruel, bitter and merciless as any earlier war. It places itself above all the restrictions pledged in times of peace, the so-called rights of nations; […] [and] it hurls down in blind rage whatever bars its way as though there were to be no future and no peace among men after it is over.

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