Rumors
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Rumors

In all societies involved in the World War, social culture was influenced by “informal communication” media. In addition to military letters, trench newspapers, and unofficial leaflets and pamphlets, a large number of rumors supplied the lack of social information once censorship had caused the public media to lose credibility. In many places these rumors contained could a mixture of propaganda, popular cultural mythology, visions driven by panic fear, and (though very rarely) genuine information.

An initial surge in war rumors can be observed in connection with…

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Reimann, Aribert, “Rumors”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 13 December 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0510>
First published online: 2015



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