Could you play a board game about the First World War,
during the First World War?
In this episode Jessica, Chris and Angus talk to Holly Nielsen (PhD
student at Royal Holloway, London) about board games during the
First World War. As a result we learn about games converted into
wartime themes, the benefits of the war to the British toy
industry, the dangers of channelling the dead in a superstitious
household, and what's leapt to the top of Jessica's 'wish
Owen Davies, A Supernatural War: Magic, Divination, and Faith
During the First World War. OUP, 2018
Krom (T. J. Edwards, 1916) Recruiting for Kitchener’s Army (Valentines & Sons,
c.1914) The Dash to Berlin (BritishIndoor Games Company,
September 1914) The Game of the Way to Berlin (Children’s Magazine,
The ‘Strand’ War Game (The ‘Strand’
About the Podcast
A history podcast discussing various cultural genres which reference the First World War, including detective fiction, Star Wars and death metal music, and ask why the First World War has particular popular cultural relevance.