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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 03 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2015

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