Soldiers’ Humor
(395 words)

Soldiers’ Humor

The culture of popular humor during the First World War followed the structural features of prewar civilian humor, only with content related to the war. At its center was a mockery of the enemies in the war, the social élites, the relation between home and the front, problems in service and between comrades, and sexual relations. Several situational contexts of soldiers’ humor may be distinguished:

– The culture of oral story-telling: confidentially repeating jokes and mocking stories opened a communicative space in which to express annoyance wi…

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Riemann, Aribert, “Soldiers’ Humor”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 17 October 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0549>
First published online: 2015



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