Propaganda, Power and Persuasion: From World War I to Wikileaks

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As Philip Taylor has written, ‘The challenge (of the modern information age) is to ensure that no single propaganda source gains monopoly over the information and images that shape our thoughts. If this happens, the war propagandists will be back in business again.’

Propaganda came of age in the Twentieth Century. The development of mass-and multi-media offered a fertile ground for propaganda while global conflict provided the impetus needed for its growth. Propaganda has ...

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Overview

As Philip Taylor has written, ‘The challenge (of the modern information age) is to ensure that no single propaganda source gains monopoly over the information and images that shape our thoughts. If this happens, the war propagandists will be back in business again.’

Propaganda came of age in the Twentieth Century. The development of mass-and multi-media offered a fertile ground for propaganda while global conflict provided the impetus needed for its growth. Propaganda has however become a portmanteau word, which can be interpreted in a number of different ways. What are the characteristic features of propaganda, and how can it be defined?

The distinguished contributors to this book trace the development of techniques of ‘opinion management’ from the First World War to the current conflict in Afghanistan. They reveal how state leaders and spin-doctors operating at the behest of the state, sought to shape popular attitudes—at home and overseas—endeavouring to harness new media with the objective of winning hearts and minds. The book provides compelling evidence of how the study and practice of propaganda today is shaped by its history.

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David Welch is Professor of Modern History and Director of the Centre for the Study of Propaganda, War & Society at the University of Kent. His publications include Propaganda and the German Cinema, 1933-1945 (I.B.Tauris, 2001), Propaganda and Mass Persuasion. A Historical Encyclopedia from 1500 to the Present (with David Culbert and Nicholas Cull) (2003), and Justifying War: Propaganda, Politics and the Modern Age (with Jo Fox, 2012).
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Table of Contents

1. 'Opening Pandora's Box'. Propaganda and Persuasion in the Information Age
2. ''Telling it like it is'; Contemporary War, Propaganda and the State
3. Propaganda, Memory and Identity: The Battle of the Falkland Islands, December 1914
4. Images of the Hun. The Portrayal of the German Enemy in British Propaganda in World War I
5. Institutional and Ideological Rivalry between the MOI Films Division and British Council over the Presentation of Britain during WWII
6. The British at War. George Arliss the Superstar as Propagandist
7. Post-Cold War American Public Diplomacy and Propaganda
8. Propaganda and International Broadcasting
9. NATO's Information Warfare
10. British Military Doctrine and Strategy and the Importance of Propaganda
11. Bridging the Firewall? Information Operations in US Army Doctrine in the Iraq War 2003-2005
12. Psyops: An Operational Perspective
13. ''Telling it like it is': Contemporary War, Propaganda and the State
14. (Mis)Communication Wars: Terrorism, Counterterrorism and the Media
15. Wikileaks: New Modes of Propaganda
16. Notes
17. Bibliography
18. Index

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