Superstition
(464 words)

Superstition

Superstition is a religious belief based on a magical perception of the world. Contemporary texts would seem to indicate that in addition to reviving older, well-known forms of war superstition, the First World War also created new ones. The uncertainty as to the successful outcome of the war, the threat of a premature, violent death, the worry over the fate of a relative, the suffering and hardship, the devastating consequences of individual battles with huge numbers of casualties, …

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Schneider, Gerhard, “Superstition”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 17 December 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0576>
First published online: 2015



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