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Re-visiting World War I

Interpretations and Perspectives of the Great Conflict

Edited By Jarosław Suchoples and Stephanie James

This book discusses various aspects of World War I. It focuses on topics proposed by contributors resulting from their own research interests. Nevertheless, as a result of common efforts, re-visiting those chosen aspects of the Great War of 1914–1918 enables the presentation of a volume that shows the multidimensional nature and consequences of this turning point in the history of particular nations, if not all mankind. This book, if treated as an intellectual journey through several continents, shows that World War I was not exclusively Europe’s war, and that it touched – in different ways – more parts of the globe than usually considered.
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Eberhard Demm - Censorship and Propaganda in World War I and Their Impact on Mass Indoctrination until Today


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Eberhard Demm

Research Centre for Study of Contemporary German and Austrian Civilisation (CERAAC) University Stendhal (Grenoble III), France

Censorship and Propaganda in World War I and Their Impact on Mass Indoctrination until Today

Abstract: In the introduction the author defines censorship and propaganda as the principal elements of indoctrination. Censorship suppresses all unwanted information, propaganda manipulates public opinion by inducing people to accept and to support the aims of the elites. After a short summary about the development of censorship and propaganda before World War I with special consideration of the, at times, very successful role of the Catholic Church, the following topics of World War I indoctrination are analysed: the principal aims, the organization and the handling of censorship and propaganda, the arguments, instruments and the distribution of propaganda according to the principal targets: home front and military front, neutral and enemy countries. Then the thorny question of whether and to what extent propaganda was successful is discussed. The heated controversy in the 1920s about the value and shortcomings of war propaganda is then summarized. Last but not least, the author shows how similar indoctrination techniques continued after 1918 until to-day, not only in the authoritarian and totalitarian states, but also to quite a considerable extent in some parliamentary democracies.

What are censorship and propaganda and how were they applied before World War I?

In 1762 the French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau coined this famous phrase: ‘Man...

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