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Toys, Games And Juvenile Literature In Germany And Britain During The First World War. A Comparison

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This chapter focuses on German and British children's daily lives during the First World War, particularly emphasizing their wartime experiences. It also focuses on individual toys and games produced during the war, in addition to printed sources, such as toy industry publications, as well as children's books and juvenile literature from both countries. British toy producers also faced many problems at the start of the conflict. Many toys were imported from Germany before the war, but, as stocks of German toys were mostly sold by the end of 1915, British manufacturers had to act quickly to fill the gap in the market, building a new wartime toy industry to compensate for the loss of German imports. One important characteristic of war games produced in Britain during the First World War was their tendency to concentrate on one particular enemy, namely the German Emperor. Badges with war-related rhymes were popular.

Keywords: Britain; First World War; games; Germany; juvenile literature; toys



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