Civil Peace DBQ

Describe and analyze the changing views toward the concept of a “civil peace.” (Burgfrieden) in Germany from 1914 to 1918.

During the year 1914, Germany’s Reichstaf, or parliament, was putting forth two major efforts: mobilizing German troops into was as well as declaring Burgfrieden (civil peace) in an attempt to convert Germany into a powerful, unified nation with a forcible grip on this war. Throughout the duration of the Great War, 1914 to 1918, the overall attitude of the German people in response to this civil peace changed along with Germany’s status in the war- worse. In 1914, the first year of WWI and that the Burgfrieden was put into action, the German people reacted to the ...

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and the civil peace and those who opposed. Though the Great War initially brought adrenaline and a sense of nationalism to Germany, the garish reality of war’s hardships began to settle in, gradually altering the opinions if the German people towards a policy of civil peace.

In 1914, Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany addressed a jilted crowd of his people, urging them to “stand together like brothers, and then God will guide the German sword to victory!” (Doc. 1). This quotation is a direct parallel of the sense of unity the government was hoping would result from the Burgfrieden. It is easy to assume Wilhelm II’s speech was very biased, being that he was emperor at the time. His position as a political powerhouse was dependent on his country’s success in the Great War, so the more support he himself had from the people, the more support for the war he had as well. The crowd to whom he was speaking reacted in just the way he could have hoped; cheering and throwing their hats ...

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not want war, correlating directly with the beliefs of the liberals. Evidence of wavering support for the Great War is also found in the article published in Forward magazine. “Our organizations would have been destroyed, crushed, had we not voted to finance the war” (Doc 3). It is not incorrect to speculate that the social democrats only partook in cheering on the war with the majority of Germany in order to preserve their institutions, seeing the war as a way to share their views with the country. Getting swept up in the initial excitement of the war, the idea of maintain civil peace was generally well-received by the German people.

As WWI continued on, Germany’s people continually ...

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