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A supernatural war : magic, divination, and faith during the First World War

Author: Owen Davies
Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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It was a commonly expressed view during the First World War that the conflict had seen a major revival of 'superstitious' beliefs and practices. Churches expressed concerns about the wearing of talismans and amulets, the international press paid considerable interest to the pronouncements of astrologers and prophets, and the authorities in several countries periodically clamped down on fortune tellers and mediums  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Owen Davies
ISBN: 019879455X 9780198794554
OCLC Number: 1022082619
Description: x, 284 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 23 cm
Contents: A war full of wonder --
Phophetic times --
Visions, spirits and psychics --
Telling fortunes, telling tales --
Battlefield luck --
Trench faith and protection --
Aftermath.
Responsibility: Owen Davies.

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How widespread belief in fortune-telling, prophecies, spirits, magic, and protective talismans gripped the battlefields and home fronts of Europe during the First World War.  Read more...

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This is another wonderful book from the leading expert in the history of magic between 1740 and 1940. Readers will never look at the First World War in the same way again. * Ronald Hutton, author of Read more...

 
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