zabernism

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The misuse or abuse of military authority; bullying
The unjustified use of or abuse of military or police authority, particularly in an aggressive manner
The misuse of military power; aggression; bullying.[After Zabern, German name for Saverne, a village in Alsace, France.In 1912, in this village, a German military officer killed a lame cobbler who smiled at him.]*** "Both countries have been slaves to Kruppism and Zabernism--because they were sovereign and free! So it will always be. So long as patriotic cant can keep the common man jealous of international controls over his belligerent possibilities, so long will he be the helpless slave of the foreign threat, and 'Peace' remain a mere name for the resting phase between wars."H.G. Wells; In The Fourth Year: Anticipations of a World Peace; 1918
zabernism

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    () From the German name for Saverne, a town in Alsace. Originated from an incident in 1913 involving an overzealous soldier who wounded a cobbler for smiling at him. Event which ultimately triggered an intervention from the army who took over the power from local authorities.

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