First World War

write a paper on the propaganda posters that all the major combatants produced in the First World War. The advertising industry, public relations business, and the shaping of public opinion received an enormous boost as a result of the war – so much so that every historian writing about postwar Western society in the 1920s feels the need to comment upon it.

So, how do these posters shape public opinion?

· How were the needs of “total war” reflected in the posters?

· What view of warfare do they project?

· How do they appeal to/shape public opinion?

· How are issues of gender, masculinity, tradition, race, class, and nationalism expressed, or are they?

You may focus on none or all of these potential avenues. The point is to craft a well-written paper that explores the purpose and appeal of what were ubiquitous posters in the combatant countries.

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