Magic, Divination, and Faith during the First World War: a history of Spiritualism and the occult.
In this original and newly-researched work, historian Owen Davies shows that the war led to an upsurge of interest in astrology, spirits and protective talismans, both on the home front and in the trenches. He looks in depth at soldiers' protection rituals on the battlefield, and home front civilians' visits to psychic mediums, along with other elements of occultism. He also studies how establishment churches and even official bodies responded to the craze. Owen Davies is professor of History at University of Hertfordshire and a leading expert on alternative belief in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Illustrated throughout.
Oxford, Oxford University Press 2018. Hardback, 284 pages. New.