Sexuality
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Sexuality

The crisis-related effects of the World War also had consequences for the sexual life of human beings. The separation of (married and non-married) couples became a mass phenomenon of hitherto unknown extent. Extramarital sexuality and prostitution reached new dimensions. Even though the frequency with which soldiers sought extramarital contacts during the war cannot be assessed with precision, a number of indications suggest that soldiers no longer felt bound to middle-class sexual morals as a result of their direct experiencing of war and death.

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Sauerteig, Lutz, “Sexuality”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 23 March 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0540>
First published online: 2015



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