World War II and Propaganda

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World War II and Propaganda The year was 1939; the Nazi party, led by Adolf Hitler, was in power and Europe was in a state of distress and soon the whole world would be involved in a war that would devastate mankind for generations to come. World War II involved many great nations of the world, such as the Axis Powers: Germany, Italy, and Japan; and the Allied Powers: France, Britain, and Russia. On December 7, 1941, America would join the Allies after Japan attacked Hawaii’s coast at Pearl Harbor, Oahu. The war was a terrible fight; however, the fight wasn’t just fought on land, air, or water. There was a more subtle fight being fought by the Axis and Allied government’s movie makers and poster designers. These men and women played an important role in drawing up certain beliefs about their enemies and the war by spreading these types of thoughts to their fellow citizens to bring some type of unity for their nation. These psychological soldiers tried to promote a love for their country through the power of propaganda. Propaganda is defined as, “ideas, facts, or allegations spread deliberately to further one's cause or to damage an opposing cause” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary). During World War II, Propaganda was a driving force that kept the battles heated and each nation’s population united for a common cause. When we look back at World War II and the times we were in, how effective was propaganda though? How was it represented, and what images would persuade the people of each country to fight in the war? Both countries, Germany and the United States, created vast promotions during the war that were degrading to their opposing sides. A great sense of nationalism was building up and these propagandists did anythin... ... middle of paper ... ...wwii/index.html http://tlc.discovery.com/convergence/pacific/video/video.html http://www.archives.state.al.us/teacher/ww2/lesson2/ (AL Archives) http://www.nara.gov/exhall/powers/powers.html http://www.oldeagle.nu/post/ http://www.us-israel.org/jsource/Holocaust/goebbels.html Merriam – Webster Dictionary Jay W. Baird. Nazi War Propaganda Oxford University Press, 1974 Michael Balfour. Propaganda in War Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd. 1979 Robert Edwin Herztein. The War That Hitler Won Logman Canada Limited. 1978 Paul Fussel. Typecasting Allan M. Winkler. The Politics of Propaganda Yale University Press. 1978 Clayton D. Laurie. The Propaganda Warriors Nicholas John Cull. Selling War Oxford University Press. 1995 Anthony Rhodes. Propaganda, The Art Of Persuasion Chelsea House Publishers. 1976
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