During the fall of 1914 the enthusiasm of August, which had not been as great
as generally believed, gradually evaporates in all countries, to be replaced by
disappointment, despondency, and disillusion. Determinants of this development
are unexpected military setbacks, unprecedented losses, and the fact that the war
drags on without end in sight instead of finishing quickly and triumphantly. War
propaganda, no matter how aggressive, cannot remedy the situation . . .
Jacques R. Pauwels
JACQUES R. PAUWELS has taught European history at the University of Toronto, York University and the University of Waterloo. He is the author of several books on twentieth-century history, including The Myth of the Good War, in which he provides a revisionist look at the role of the United States and other Allied countries in the Second World War. An independent scholar, Pauwels holds PhDs in history and political science. He lives in Brantford, Ontario.