University of Hertfordshire

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Original languageEnglish
PublisherOUP
Number of pages304
ISBN (Print)9780198794554
Publication statusPublished - 25 Oct 2018

Abstract

A comprehensive study of the major revival of supernatural beliefs, superstition, and spiritualism during the First World War and its aftermath.

A look at what the beliefs, practices, and contemporary opinions on magic can tell us about broader issues in early twentieth-century society, the experience of war, and the psychology of belief.
Relates how the prophecies of Nostradamus were used as propaganda by both sides, a diverse range of talismans and charms were carried by soldiers, and the myriad tales of battlefield ghosts came to be.

Includes previously unpublished accounts from soldiers and fortune-tellers on their faith and practices, for a remarkable insight into the nature of popular belief.

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