Outbreak of the war
End of the war

“If it wasn't for love…”, propaganda postcard

The soldier in the field is dreaming of his beloved. The postcard refers to the common concept of the female homeland and the male front.

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    War Advice from the Beehive: Maya the Bee as a Soldiers’ Bestseller

    In 1976, when Die Biene Maja [Maya the Bee] flew onto the television screen as a cartoon character and Karel Gott contributed the title song that would later become a pop hit, Waldemar Bonsels’s most famous character was making her second triumphant sweep across the German-speaking world. The fact that Bonsels’s book was considered a ‘classic’ on the Front during the First World War is largely unknown today.

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    On Loving Women and War-Loving Men

    The outbreak of the First World War saw a change in accepted gender roles. Where there had previously been an opposition of masculine/public and feminine/private, a new form of differentiation emerged, defining the front as masculine and the home(land) as feminine.