Stereotypes
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Stereotypes

Combatants developed their images of “us” and “them” along the lines of national stereotypes that echoed, to some degree, cultural impressions coined before the war. Frequently this involved the clearly pejorative, somewhat racist disparagement of the enemy. Occasionally this also involved the judgment implicit in their evolving typification of national characters, which sometimes was in effect along the fronts of the war and beyond. The oldest typification existed in the figure of Tommy Atkins, the typical British soldier. This idealization of the valorou…

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Reimann, Aribert, “Stereotypes”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 22 September 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0567>
First published online: 2015



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