Why Germany Wants Peace Now
- Alternate Title:
- Why Germany Wants Peace Now: The Pangerman Plan as realised by War in Europe and in Asia
- Why Germany Wants Peace Now
- Persuasive Maps: PJ Mode Collection
- The Committee on Public Information
- Other Creators:
- C.S. Hammond & Co.
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- 1900 - 1919
- World War I
Politics & Government
- 22 x 25 (centimeters, height x width)
- This small folding map, attacking the "PanGerman Plan," illustrates a massive "War Cyclopedia" published by The Committee on Public Information in 1918. For more on The Committee on Public Information, the famous "Creel Committee," see ID #1192, "The Prussian Blot" (1917). For a copy of the identical map in a different publication of The Committee on Public Information, see ID #2109, "Why Germany Wants Peace Now: The Pangerman Plan as realised by War in Europe and in Asia," in Conquest and Kultur: Aims of the Germans in Their Own Words (1917).
The Pan-German movement had coalesced in the 1890s among German critics of imperial timidity, and it had gained substantial influence by the eve of the War. It urged, among other things, the uniting of all ethnic Germans ("Deutschtum"), regardless of existing state borders
reduction of "un-German" (Slav, Catholic, Jewish) cultural influence
and creation of "lebensraum" for Germany by colonial annexation. Baranowski 2011, 42-45; Wertheimer 1924, 3-4. In 1916, a French journalist and scholar published "The Pangerman Plot Unmasked," which became a sensation, particularly after its translation into English the following year. The message was clear: Pangermanism was not merely a German claim "to annex only the regions inhabited by dense masses of Germans, on the border of the Empire," or "to gather within the same political fold the peoples who are more or less Germanic by origin" (albeit "quite inadmissible"). "Pangermanism is more than that. It is really the doctrine, of purely Prussian origin, which aims at annexing all the various regions, irrespective of race or language, of which the possession is deemed useful to the power of Hohenzollerns." Cheradame 1917, 1-2. For more maps attacking Pangermanism, see Subjects > World War I.
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- Paxson, Frederic L., Edward S. Corwin & Samuel B. Harding. 1918. War Cyclopedia: A Handbook for Ready Reference on the Great War. Issued by The Committee on Public information. Washington: Government Printing Office.
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- P.J. Mode collection of persuasive cartography, #8548. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
- Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
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- P.J. Mode collection of persuasive cartography
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