Germany 's Mobilization For World War I

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On August 14, 1914, the German Reichstag commenced to make known that the German civilians should unite and defend their own country. They announced a “civil peace” which meant that all previous conflicts or issues would be set aside for the duration of war. They also began the mobilization for World War I. When the emperor first declared the policy in 1914, the people were joyful and in awe. By 1915 and 1916, the people’s views shifted from being optimistic to opposing war because war caused them to overwork and was the source for the food shortages; the government lost many of their supporters as a result. To end, in 1918, civilians from both sides who was either opposing war or supporting it affected the German population because of their different opinions which led to the defeat of Germany in World War I.

Most people in Germany supported the emperor’s idea of “civil peace”. The other people who disagreed were forced to agree whether they like the idea or not. In August 1, 1914, German Emperor Wilhelm II gave a speech at the royal palace in Berlin filled with a crowd of 40,000 people. Wilhelm II desired to unite the country by telling his people that “all that matters now is that we Germans stand together like brothers” (Doc 1). The speech that he conveyed rallied up the Germans to hope for the unification of their country by standing up together as brothers to help unite Germany. Wilhelm II’s view of a “civil peace” was supported by an abundant amount of civilians.

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