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11. A Different Kind of Home Front

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This chapter deals with a peculiar type of propaganda directed at and about women in Warsaw, itself a peculiar place during the First World War. The unique features of Warsaw's wartime experience in turn did much to set and reset the "home front" as a stage for the city's female actors. Of particular importance was the chronic crisis of Warsaw's urban economy, which began immediately at the outbreak of the war and was subsequently exacerbated by the exactions of Russian evacuation and German occupation. The chapter concentrates on the stereotypes, images, messages, prescriptions and proscriptions promoted by various interest groups and their publicists in a Warsaw press which itself was far from uniform in its political outlooks, but by war's end belonged largely to the same chorus in its approach to women.

Keywords: First World War; gender; German occupation; home front; Russian empire; social propaganda; urban economy; Warsaw



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