Postcard Peace Palace 1914 'Heeft U het Vredespaleis reeds van binnen gezien?'

Postcard from the days of the First World War. Translated from Dutch: ‘Did you already see the Peace Palace from the inside?’. On the back: Postcard. Lithography Van de Ven – The Hague. Dated 1914.

The Peace Palace and the First World War

For Andrew Carnegie, the opening of the Peace Palace, on 28 August 1913, was a triumph. He began 1914 with great optimism. In his new year’s wish for that year, he declared himself ‘strong in the faith that international Peace [was] soon to prevail’. History would, as known, take a dramatically different course with the outbreak of the First World War later that year. For the sceptics, this was proof that they had been right: the ‘Temple of Peace’ could not prevent war, and conflicts between States would still be fought on the battlefield.

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