Skip to main content
padlock icon - secure page this page is secure

A "German Paperchase": The "Scrap of Paper" Controversy and the Problem of Myth and Memory in International History

Buy Article:

$54.00 + tax (Refund Policy)

"… eyewitnesses often err… . If an event suggests some tempting interpretation, then this interpretation, more often than not, is allowed to distort what has actually been seen." Karl Popper The dismissal, in 1914, of the Belgian neutrality treaty as a "scrap of paper" by the German chancellor has become one of the enduring images of the First World War. Widely used by Allied propaganda during the war, the remark contains certain elements of "myth." Utilising hitherto untapped archival material, this article examines the final interview between the German chancellor and the British ambassador on 4 August 1914 through the prism of contemporary sources and the later '"scrap of paper' controversy" in the mid-1920s. Beyond the reconstruction of actual events, the article contends that the controversy has epistemological significance for diplomatic historians.
No Reference information available - sign in for access.
No Citation information available - sign in for access.
No Supplementary Data.
No Article Media
No Metrics

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2007

  • Access Key
  • Free content
  • Partial Free content
  • New content
  • Open access content
  • Partial Open access content
  • Subscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed content
  • Free trial content
Cookie Policy
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more