British air forces 1914-18(I) by Andrew Cormack

By Andrew Cormack

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German academics responded with a manifesto justifying German actions. Dissent at this point was rare. In Berlin, Albert Einstein courted unpopularity by refusing to sign the German manifesto. In Cambridge the philosopher Bertrand Russell opposed the war, beginning a course that would eventually see him imprisoned for propaganda against recruiting. But Russell’s friend and colleague Ludwig Wittgenstein returned to Austria to serve in the army. The competing manifestoes prompted the French writer Romain Rolland, resident in Switzerland, to publish an appeal to reason entitled Au-Dessus de la Melée (Above the Struggle), published in the Journal de Genève on 22 September.

Drafted by his assistant Kurt Riezler in consultation with several prominent political and business leaders, the ‘September programme’ called for the seizure of mineral-rich border districts from France along with a 10-billion Reichsmark fine on the French government, the annexation of Luxembourg and parts of Belgium, the establishment of a German protectorate over the rest of Belgium, the seizure of the Belgian Congo and parts of British 34 THE FIRST YEAR 1914--1915: ESCALATION and Portuguese colonies to create a giant German Central Africa, and the creation of ‘Mitteleuropa’, a German-dominated political and economic union in east-central Europe.

But popular unrest was limited and what little did occur was mostly directed against enemy aliens and minorities. Shop windows were smashed from the Urals to the Atlantic, but persecution was most virulent in Russia where dislike of the economic influence of German ‘colonists’, some of whom had lived in Russia for two centuries, quickly moved from rioting to state-supported expropriation and by early 1915 wholesale deportation. Inappropriate names were everywhere changed; St Petersburg was renamed Petrograd, German Shepherd dogs became Alsatians, Battenberg became Mountbatten, Berlin in Ontario became Kitchener.

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