July 27, 2017

Today in History: Who said “Hun”? (1900)

John RobsonArchive

On July 27 of 1900, Germans — and especially the German army — acquired the nickname “Huns” that was to prove such a propaganda drawback in the First World War.

And who bestowed it on them? Their own Kaiser, who urged troops departing to suppress the Boxer Rebellion in China to take no prisoners, give no quarter, and behave with such brutality that their reputation would terrify for a thousand years.

Which rather suggests that Allied propaganda in the Great War was effective because it was based on reality.

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commented 2017-07-28 01:33:46 -0400
John, I’ve said it before but it bares repeating. Your history viniettes are a pleasant reprieve from the daily news.
commented 2017-07-27 13:05:36 -0400
Thanks John Robson.
I always come away having learned something interesting after hearing your commentaries.
commented 2017-07-27 13:03:40 -0400
New information there. His commentaries are always so enlightening.
commented 2017-07-27 11:35:04 -0400
George, have had your coffee yet this morning?
commented 2017-07-27 10:40:37 -0400
I know that it is a current fad amongst the ‘literati’ to mispronounce the names of nations and other words in order to appear to be ‘edgy’ and culturally ‘leading edge’, but do we have to have it here on the Rebel too? Give us the story, but keep your cultural elitism to the confines of the faculty club. Thanks.