British Propaganda and World War I Term Paper by Nicky

A look at propaganda used by the British government on the eve of World War I.
# 146361 | 2,759 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Dec 25, 2010 in History (European - World Wars) , Communication (Public Relations)

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This paper examines the propaganda machine endorsed by the British government prior to World War I to garner the population's support for the war effort. In particular, the paper explores some of the British government's motives behind this effort, such as encouraging soldiers to enlist and simply bolstering the spirits of the people at home. Particular attention is given to Charles Masterman, head of The British War Propaganda Bureau (WPB). It also addresses the impact of David Lloyd George and his orations to win the support of the British people. Various posters that were used during World War I to depict the Germans as barbarians are described. The paper concludes by showing that during World War I propaganda developed and evolved into a fully grown institution.

From the Paper:

"The British and the Triple Entente were at the dawn of the propaganda era. The First World War produced the mass manipulation techniques, instruments and theories that were applied as they appeared and tested almost instantly. By the end of the Great War, there were already well established institution that were functioning on their own, more or less under the supervision and approval of the government."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Gullace, Nicoletta F. Sexual Violence and Family Honor: British Propaganda and International Law during the First World War. The American Historical Review, Vol. 102, No. 3 (Jun., 1997), pp. 714-747
  • Heyman, Neil M. World War I. Greenwood Publishing Group, 1997
  • Propaganda Posters. 2005. Copyright Michael Duffy. 2000-2009. Retrieved: Mar, 14, 2009. Available at:
  • Sanders, M.L. Wellington House and British Propaganda during the First World War. The Historical Journal, Vol. 18, No. 1 (Mar., 1975), pp. 119-146
  • Schramm, Martin. The British Press and Germany in the Era of World War I. Reviewd by Thomas Weber. 2009. H-German.

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