Evolution of Propaganda During World War One

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British propaganda during World War 1

During the First World War Government propaganda played a crucial role during war and it also played and important role in the nation’s culture and society. Propaganda took form of posters, paintings, photographs, books, articles, leaflets, pamphlets, and newspapers and sometimes letters. It targeted specific audience such as women, young men, rich people and factory owners. Britain had a unique system of propaganda which affected Germany, they had an strategy that was able to discourage people and make Germany lose its power of propaganda, the strategy was to drop fake publicity that arrived to the people and made them believe false information. At first the recruiting posters were mostly texts with one or two colors and sometimes they only gave direct information of enlistment, it had no visual images and they appealed to both general audiences. After the outbreak of the war things started changing and they started adding graphic images to the propagandas and that’s when Alfred Leete created the most famous British image of the whole war. Later on they started working with people’s minds and became more sophisticated. They supplemented the appeals of duty with three more elements: appeals to young men’s desire for adventure, camaraderie and masculinity. Another technique they started applying was the demonization of German people and Germany by social shaming techniques, the poster tried to provoke guilt and people started realizing that the posters had become especially invidious, on 1915 people started criticizing this propaganda system which got to the point that in October the effectiveness in the recruitment effort was questioned. Fifty- four million copies of two hundred different posters were produced during wartime. The war posters were never meant to be historical documents but historians nowadays use those posters to explore the mindset of the people who believed in the rightness of the cause and the necessity...
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