Belgium as a Symbol in First World War Propaganda
(Sophie de Schaepdrijver) The Low Countries - 2000, № 8, pp. 277-279
No act of war was more portentous, in the early days of World War I, than Germany's invasion of neutral Belgium. The country found itself suddenly elevated into a symbol of the conflict's higher meaning: Belgium as a martyr for the higher cause defended by the Entente. On the other hand, the German propaganda campaign both sought to represent Germany as the attacked party and downplay the significance of Belgium as a nation and as a culture.
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