The Positive Effects of Propaganda in World War One
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
A. Plan of Investigation
B. Summary of Evidence
C. Evaluation of Source
F. List of sources
A. Plan of Investigation
To what extent did the propaganda in World War One on European countries such as Germany and other countries as well?
In World War One there were many side actions that took place and had an influence in the war. One these actions was propaganda in several European nations, in which it was used to persuade the people of its countries. Propaganda was used through cartoons, posters, and billboards. Propaganda was viewed as having a big effect in the homeland; it helped recruit men for the army and persuade women to help out in protecting and working in the homeland. Some propaganda gives off important info dealing with its enemy’s war plans. They might release info that their allies can understand but not the enemy. “Throughout the war Germany was targeted was the focal point and was used to keep Germany from becoming powerful and keep everyone informed about the country.”( Partridge 2248) B. Summary of Evidence
To begin, in the First World War subliminal messages were often used by many countries involved, in which subliminal messages were passed through most political cartoons. To clarify, countries needed troops and didn’t want to let that information get to the enemy. So they made posters with these drawings that got men attention but at the same time made war look “fun.” In the drawing they may have had pretty women all around and had the men at war living a great life. Also in war you have to keep your allies informed of what is going on in your country. The only way that was for sure going to reach the other countries and be secretive about it was political cartoons. The enemy didn’t know what they were trying to say just simply because it had nothing to do with them. Some treaties were brought about through these political cartoons. Also, powers were maintained and were updated often merely like the enemies were.
“Musician and artist in the war found ways to play a big part in the influence of the people. Through their music and other works their lifestyle was made aware of.” (Ḥazan 7) Often what was talked about in the music was how the people were treated; either it was good or bad. They also had stated things that they thought the government should do about the war problems. For instance, some people were for the war and most were against it. Through the music they let it be known what they thought about the war itself. In comparison through other works like paintings and famous portraits artist displayed their opinions. Often in these paintings it was based off what the people of a certain nation needs were and as well as their wants. Things like food and shelter was the obvious but things like protection from the “undercover enemy”, the government didn’t know about had to be brought to their attentions. Something more like a subliminal message like the paragraph before. A type of propaganda is called “bandwagon.” This term is used in many ways, in which someone starts a trend or “movement” and developed followers. Like historian Edward Filene explained, “Propagandists use this technique to persuade the audience to follow the crowd. This device creates the impression of widespread support. It reinforces the human desire to be on the winning side. It also plays on feelings of loneliness and isolation. Propagandists use this technique to convince people not already on the bandwagon to join in a mass movement while simultaneously reassuring that those on or partially on should stay aboard. Bandwagon propaganda has taken on a new twist. Propagandists are now trying to convince the target audience that if they don't join in they will be left out. The implication is that if you don't jump on the bandwagon the...
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4. Filene, Edward. Institute for Propaganda Analysis. Propaganda Analysis. New York: Columbia, University Press, 1938.
5. Marlin, Randal. Propaganda & the Ethics of Persuasion. New York: Broadview Press, 2002.
6. Rhodes, Anthony. Propaganda. The Art of Persuasion World War II. New York: Chelsea House Publications, 1976.
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