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Propaganda 1914-18 : Press & People
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Case study*Press & People
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Although the government produced a lot of propaganda in the Great War, the British people themselves produced even more.
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In this case study you will study some of the propaganda produced by the press and by ordinary people and consider how far propaganda affected the war effort.
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1. Cartoon on miners' strikes, 1915

* 2. Advertisements for goods, 1915
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3. Trades Union Conference resolution, 1916

* 4. Report on rout of pacifist meeting, 1916
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5. Report on increased munitions production, 1917

* 6. Report on exhibition of war paintings, 1917
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7. Cartoon on the House of Windsor, 1917

* 8. Extract from 'The Wipers Times', 1916
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9. Article on censorship, 1918

* 10. Film: 'For the Empire', 1916
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You can use these case study sources in two ways:
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* The Big Question *
* There are many sources in this case study. Almost all of them could be used in some way by a historian in a talk about the government's policy on propaganda in WWI. In the Big Question you need to decide which sources best fit the points the historian will make. To do this you should study each source carefully. Note down anything that tells you about: *
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* Press propaganda, eg: *
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* different types of propaganda
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* propaganda techniques
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* any evidence that the message got through to people
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* Personal propaganda, eg: *
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* examples of actions by people or businesses showing their commitment to the war effort
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* how far this type of evidence shows that propaganda was effective
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* Exam practice *
* If you want to get some practice on examination type questions, just click on the Practice Questions button

Don't forget - if there are words or phrases in the sources which you cannot understand, try the glossary.
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