Matilde Serao, Flavia Steno and Stefania Türr: Three Italian women journalists narrate the First World War

Matilde Serao, Flavia Steno and Stefania Türr were prominent figures of Italian journalism who narrated the First World War from the female perspective. The conflict that devastated Europe also became a pretext for talking about the role of women during the war and the obstacles they faced in early twentieth-century Italy …

Stefania Türr’s patriotic lens: “La Madre Italiana”, “Alle trincee d’Italia”, and “I soldati d’Italia”

In 1917, the Italian journalist and writer Stefania Türr visited the Italian front as a war correspondent for “La Madre Italiana”, a monthly journal founded by her in 1916. She published two books about her war experience: “Alle Trincee d’Italia” (1917), and “I soldati d’Italia”. A patriotic and interventionist vein is the lens through which she describes the war and life in the trenches …

The Myriad Faces of Female War Reporting during the First World War

During the First World War, a considerable number of women from belligerent and neutral countries reported from all major theatres of war. Their reports could be read in major newspapers and magazines around the world. Different types of reporters were involved in the war’s coverage. Some were officially accredited by the armed forces or obtained other official permits to visit the front. Others were unable to get near the front but still witnessed the fighting or reported on the impact of the war on soldiers and civilians. Moreover, nurses in field hospitals wrote about their experiences …

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I am an historian and a tenured research associate at Deutsche Presseforschung (German Press Research) in the Department of Cultural Studies, and at ZeMKI, Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research, University of Bremen, Germany. I am also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS), a member of the Editorial Board of the journal… Continue reading About

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Welcome! I’m Dr. Stephanie Seul and I write about the international history of media and communication in the era of the two World Wars. I have published on topics such as British propaganda during the 1930s and the Second World War, the representation of Weimar antisemitism and the Holocaust in the contemporary international press and radio, the International… Continue reading Home

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Women War Reporters of the First World War The German-Jewish Press and the First World War The International Press and German Antisemitism during the Weimar Republic, 1918-1933 The PRESSA, International Press Exhibition in Cologne 1928 British propaganda directed at Nazi Germany, 1938-1945

Publications

Books Revisiting Transnational Broadcasting: The BBC’s foreign-language services during the Second World War (Routledge Series Special Issues as Books). London and New York: Routledge, 2017. Co-edited with Nelson Ribeiro. Deutsche Presseforschung. Geschichte und Forschungsprojekte des ältesten historischen Instituts der Universität Bremen. Mit einleitenden Beiträgen zur Bedeutung der historischen Presseforschung. Bremen: edition lumière, 2013. Co-edited with… Continue reading Publications

British propaganda directed at Nazi Germany, 1938-1945

During the Second World War, the BBC’s German-language broadcasts and British leaflets dropped by the Royal Air Force were an important alternative source of information for many Germans. Germany’s media had been strictly censored and manipulated since 1933. Listening to foreign radio stations was illegal and penalties ranged from fines and confiscation of radio sets… Continue reading British propaganda directed at Nazi Germany, 1938-1945

The International Press and German Antisemitism during the Weimar Republic, 1918-1933

In April 1933, Hitler shocked world opinion with a nationwide boycott of Jewish businesses and the removal of all Jews from the civil service and the professions. However, the Nazi attack on the Jews did not come out of the blue. Anti-Jewish propaganda, discrimination and violence were an integral feature of everyday life during the… Continue reading The International Press and German Antisemitism during the Weimar Republic, 1918-1933