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War (Battle, Bataille)





Western Europe


War is a simple card game which is first documented in the early nineteenth century, but its simplicity suggests it may be older. It is first known from France, and it is popular among children where it is played.


A 52 card pack of cards is divided evenly among two players. Players reveal the top card of their hand, the player whose card has the higher value takes both cards. If they are equal in value, a "war" occurs. Players place the next card face down (sometimes three) and then the next face up. The player with the higher card then wins all of the cards. If they are equal, another war occurs, continuing until one player plays a higher card. The player who collects the entire pack wins.



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Parlett 1991: 74

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Lebrun. M. 1827. Manuel des jeux de calcul et de hasard. Paris: Roret.

Parlett, D. 1991. A History of Card Games. Oxford: Oxford University Press.




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