“A Less-Than-Total Total War”: Neutrality, Invasion, and the Stakes of War, 1914–1918

@inproceedings{Schaepdrijver2018ALT,
  title={“A Less-Than-Total Total War”: Neutrality, Invasion, and the Stakes of War, 1914–1918},
  author={S. D. Schaepdrijver},
  year={2018}
}
This chapter examines the concept of “war culture” as a set of beliefs that allowed the Belgians to countenance war as a necessary reality. A major contribution of this chapter is its account of King Albert’s Book, published by the Daily Telegraph for Christmas 1914, in which the “sacrifice” of Belgium was eulogized and Belgium’s status as a martyred nation established. De Schaepdrijver dismisses as a myth the widespread view of Belgian sufferings as a “sacrifice for the greater good”, and sees… Expand