War Toys
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War Toys

The leisure activities of children changed during the First World War in conformity with national propaganda interests. Such pastimes had to adjust to the laws of the market as they applied to the youth culture in wartime. Children’s expectations (or the expectations of family circles) were to be met by the commercial production of toys, games, and children’s books.

Long before the war of 1914, politics had found access to the nursery through the medium of toys in Europe. There was already a tradition of patriotic and military toys, and their pro…

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Audoin-Rouzeau, Stéphane, “War Toys”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 14 December 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0639>
First published online: 2015



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