The First World War required the power of propaganda to establish and foster a sense of “Brothers in Arms,” which was established between the members of the Alliance countries dynasty members and military commanders; and among peoples of diverse cultural backgrounds, languages, and religious traditions. Therefore, the side-by-side display of portraits of German Emperor Wilhelm II, Austro-Hungarian Emperor Franz Joseph, the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed Reşad and Bulgarian King Ferdinand I, became a part of everyday life in the cities of Germany and Austria. From medals to aid badges; Red Cross bands to postcards; china and glassware to music notes; motifs and flags with the crescent and star symbolizing the Ottoman Empire adorned the streets of Berlin and Vienna—places where in recent years these very symbols had represented the threat of siege. Pictures, photographs and colorful designs symbolizing the “Alliance” were pervasive in the contemporary press, newspapers, journals, books, flags, and pennants, and billboards; the accumulated material culture provides us with unique evidence of the manner in which the political interest and alliances of state administrations shape relations between peoples.
On the 100th anniversary of the First World War, the historical association of Propaganda and War, the validity of which continue unabated, unfolds dramatically with this publication and the accompanying exhibition by the joint support of Vehbi Koç Foundation and Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations.
The book is available in Koç University Press and YKY Stores.