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First World War Centenary

The Peace Palace Library will commemorate the First World War Centenary with a series of blogs and items on the website. The Library’s collection on the Great War is focused on aspects of international law: the laws of war, the Paris Peace Conference, the peace treaties of 1919-1920, the war reparations and the politics of its memory. For that purpose, an extensive Research Guide on the topic has been prepared as a starting point for research in the Library. Please, check our Research Guides menu.

  • Joan of Arc Saved France

    Joan of Arc Saved France

    November 21, 2014

    This poster by Haskell Coffin (1878-1941), was commissioned by the United States Treasury Department as part of the campaign to raise money for the First World War by having civilians buy war savings stamps.

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  • Keep 'em going!

    Keep ‘em going!

    November 20, 2014

    American propaganda poster: German Emperor Wilhelm II being hunted by a US locomotive.

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  • Come on Boys!

    Come on Boys!

    November 19, 2014

    United States National Guard recruitment poster. Marching soldiers. Some soldiers are making an inviting gesture. From our WOI Image collection.

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  • World War One Poetry and Music, Tuesday 25 November, Peace Palace

    World War One Poetry and Music, Tuesday 25 November, Peace Palace

    November 19, 2014

    On Tuesday 25 November 2014, 19:45 hrs, a special ‘war poetry’ evening will take place in the Peace Palace to commemorate the First World War, based on a selection by Onno Kosters. Poems of well-known poets from Great Britain, France, Germany and Italy, such as Siegfried Sassoon and John McCrae, Georg Trakl, Guillaume Apollinaire will be recited. The reading of the poems will be interlarded with music compositions and performances by Rénan Zelada closely linked to the First World War. A guided tour of the exhibition ‘Peace Illusion Disturbed’ is included.

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  • Postcard Peace Palace 1919

    Postcard Peace Palace 1919 “Friedenspalast-Haag”

    November 18, 2014

    Postcard from the days of the First World War. Dated 1919. With text in German.

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  • Hachez, K. und O. Glaser, Kriegs ABC, Berlin, Arthur Collignon Verlag, 1915.

    Hachez, K. und O. Glaser, Kriegs ABC, Berlin, Arthur Collignon Verlag, 1915.

    November 17, 2014

    Description: Hachez, K. und O. Glaser, Kriegs ABC, Berlin, Arthur Collignon Verlag, 1915. 12 pages with 24 colored lithographed illustrations. Format 19,5 x 138 cm.

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  • Deutschlands Schicksal

    Deutschlands Schicksal

    November 13, 2014

    German propaganda poster that expresses Germany’s fear for British bombing of their industrial plants. Image: map of Germany’s main industrial area. Around the map bombers and destroyed industrial plants are depicted.

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  • If ye break faith – we shall not sleep

    If ye break faith – we shall not sleep

    November 11, 2014

    Commemorative poster for World War I. A lone soldier stands in a field of poppies, his head bowed as he looks down at a simple wooden grave cross. The title of this poster is taken from the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ written by Dr. John McRae (1872-1918), a doctor serving in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps.

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  • "I summon you to Comradeship in the Red Cross"

    “I summon you to Comradeship in the Red Cross”

    November 11, 2014

    Recruitment poster for the American Red Cross. Red Cross nurse holding an American flag. On the background the Congress building is depicted. With a quote of Woodrow Wilson, president of the United States: “I summon you to Comradeship in the Red Cross.”

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  • Striner, R., Woodrow Wilson and World War I: A Burden too Great to Bear, Lanham, Rowman Littlefield, 2014.

    Striner, R., Woodrow Wilson and World War I: A Burden too Great to Bear, Lanham, Rowman Littlefield, 2014.

    November 10, 2014

    This book is a story of presidential failure, a chronicle of Woodrow Wilson’s miscalculations in war, and a harrowing account of the process through which an intelligent American leader fell to pieces under a burden he could not bear.

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