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  • Gedenkboek voor den Europeeschen Oorlog in 1924 voor de Jeugd

    Gedenkboek voor den Europeeschen Oorlog in 1914 voor de Jeugd

    July 25, 2014

    Picture album of the First World War in 1914 for children. On the cover: the Peace Palace. Special issue of the Dutch magazine “Panorama”.

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  • Garner, J.W., International Law and the World War, 2 vols., London, Longmans, Green and Co, 1920

    Garner, J.W., International Law and the World War, 2 vols., London, Longmans, Green and Co, 1920

    July 24, 2014

    This monumental contemporary treatise was undertaken by the author, Professor J.W. Garner, at the request of the famous jurist Dr. L. Oppenheim to “review the conduct of the belligerents in respect to their interpretation and application of the rules of international law, compare it with the opinions of the authorities and the practice in former wars and wherever infractions appeared, to endeavor to determine the responsibility and to place it where it properly belonged”.

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  • Poster: Darf Belgien Englands Aufmarschgebiet werden?

    Poster: Darf Belgien Englands Aufmarschgebiet werden?

    July 23, 2014

    Poster from World War I expressing German anxiety over the proposed construction of a Channel Tunnel linking Belgium and England, c.1914-1918. Translated from German: Can Belgium be allowed to become England’s deployment area?

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  • The Destruction of the Cathedral of Reims

    The Destruction of the Cathedral of Reims, 1914

    July 23, 2014

    On 20 September 1914, German shellfire burned, damaged and destroyed important parts of the magnificent Cathedral of Reims. The destruction of the Cathedral was generally regarded as an act of sheer vandalism. At the time, it was generally admitted by writers on international law that if the military commander of a besieged place used a church or other building whose immunity had been established, as a stronghold, a storehouse, or an observatory, the besieger might bombard the site without being held responsible for damages caused in consequence of their proximity to other buildings which are liable to bombardment. Even the French war manual itself admitted this.

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  • Chronology of Events, June-July 1914

    Chronology of Events, June-July 1914

    July 4, 2014

    The Peace Palace Library will commemorate the First World War Centenary with a series of blogs and items on the website. Please, check our second series on July 28!

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  • McMeekin, S., July 1914: Countdown to War, New York, NY, Basic Books, 2013.

    McMeekin, S., July 1914: Countdown to War, New York, NY, Basic Books, 2013.

    July 3, 2014

    ‘July 1914’ tells the story of Europe’s countdown to war, between the bloody opening act on 28 June 1914 and Britain’s final plunge on 4 August, which turned a European conflict into a world war.

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  • Vredespaleis WO I 1914 Verstoorde Vredes-Illusie (01)

    Postcard Peace Palace 1914 ‘Verstoorde Vredes-Illusie’

    July 2, 2014

    Postcard from the days of the First World War. Translated from Dutch: ‘Disturbed Peace-Illusion’. On the back: ‘Disturbed Peace-Illusion. The Angel of Peace expelled from the Peace Palace by the War Demon’. Weenenk & Snel, The Hague. 14 67695. Dated 1914.

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  • Phillipson, C., International Law and the Great War, London, Fisher Unwin; Sweet and Maxwell, 1915.

    Phillipson, C., International Law and the Great War, London, Fisher Unwin; Sweet and Maxwell, 1915

    July 1, 2014

    In this contemporary work, Coleman Phillipson, gives a systematic account, from the point of view of international law, of most of the questions and incidents that had risen in the Great War so far. Despite the numerous breaches of international law indicated, the author states that we need not despair of its future.

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  • European Revue: Kill that Eagle, 1914

    European Revue: Kill that Eagle, 1914

    June 30, 2014

    Cartoon map of Europe at the beginning of World War I. The map is showing Austria-Hungary at the centre, depicted as the tragic and buffoonish Pierrot character of European pantomime, who eternally pines for an unrequited love. Is it Germany’s love that Austria pines for? Read more.

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  • Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria

    Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria

    June 27, 2014

    A 100 years ago, on 28 June 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and his wife, Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, were shot dead in Sarajevo. The assassination led to the outbreak of the First World War. The Peace Palace Library will commemorate the First World War with a series of blogs and Centenary items on the website.

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