Ink Bayonets : Wartime Propaganda

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The Austrians and Germans feel that France is on a degenerate path for having adopted a republican regime. The military leaders cannot imagine that civilians are capable of waging war effectively.
Russia is even more worrisome. Her influence over the Balkans and the Slavic territories is considered a threat to the balance of power in Europe. Fear of Russia is a major element of national unity in Germany and Austria-Hungary. German Chancellor Bethmann-Hollweg declares in the Reichstag that a “decisive encounter between Slavs and Teutons is inevitable.”