Propaganda Effects of Wwi

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Propaganda effects of World War I

During the early 1900s a new era of warfare emerged as governments began to employ all economic, technological and psychological resources available to defeat their enemies. This concept of Total War altered the direction of humanity and governments understanding in their allocation of resources. This essay will examine the relationship between propaganda used during World War I, its effect on the masses and the absolutely essential need for the success of such campaigns in obtaining military victory. While leaflet propaganda used during the war will be the main focus, considerations will be given to other forms to illuminate the necessity of understanding and utilizing the tools of this very powerful
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In the 17th century, with the help of propaganda, the Jesuits were able to gain back large areas of central Europe that were lost during the Reformation. Another form of propaganda is political propaganda, which is also quite old. Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, which was an example of rational propaganda that was intended to "solidify communal opinion at home and justify the debatable American cause at large." Throughout history then, there were many forms of propaganda used during wars that were to strengthen support for the conflict. With the help of many propagandists it was, and remains possible to make citizens think highly of war.
Literary propaganda was important during the World Wars, as pamphlets, history, novels, posters, speeches, influenced many people's opinions. Many classic novels were written with a propagandist's intent, including much philosophy, history, religion, economics, novels, poems, and plays. Some examples of these would be Histories of French by Voltaire, The Pamphlets of Martin Luther, and the work of Karl Marx. Uncle Tom's Cabin, written by Harriet Beecher Stowe, is an excellent example of a propaganda novel. Other forms of propaganda would include television and the manufacturing of news by staged events. Larger businesses and commercial interests, such as railroads and oil companies, have used
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