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S'amuser en guerre

Rueger, Jan (2011) S'amuser en guerre. Histoire Urbaine 31 (2), pp. 115-128. ISSN 1628-0482.

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This paper reconstructs key aspects of the debate about amusement in Berlin during the First World War. In August 1914, the Berlin authorities pronounced a taboo on public amusement: all activity that stood in contradiction to ‘the seriousness of the times’ was to be stopped. How did this position change with the course of the war and what were the political implications ? The paper argues that the reaction of public amusement in Berlin to the war did not simply anticipate or mirror the government-led mobilization for war. Rather, it could challenge official attitudes and official attitudes could change in response - at a time when questions about sovereignty and entitlement were becoming more urgent than ever before.

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