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Propaganda 1914-18 : Government
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From the earliest stages of the war the government in Britain was very aware of how important propaganda could be. Enormous efforts went into controlling information and sending out the messages the government wanted people to hear.
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In this case study you are going to examine a range of sources and consider the aims, methods and effectiveness of government policy.
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1. Government spending on propaganda, 1914

* 2. Government report on censorship, 1915
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3. Report on suspension of 'The Globe', 1915

* 4. Posters urging workers to postpone holidays
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5. Recruiting pamphlet for Women's Land Army, 1917

* 6. Report on censorship of the post, 1917
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7. Film extracts: 'The Battle of the Somme', 1916

* 8. Letter on government paintings and exhibitions
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9. 'British Propaganda During the Great War'

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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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* Censorship and control, eg: *
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* aims of censorship
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* examples of government propaganda mixing information and messages
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* propaganda techniques used
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* evidence of effectiveness or otherwise
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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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