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Propaganda: Power and Persuasion [Illustrated] [Paperback]

David Welch
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1 May 2013
Propaganda is all around us, used to promote a sense of common cause and belonging, change behaviour or influence ideas, as well as to mislead, deceive, even destroy. Perhaps the greatest and most sophisticated exponent of propaganda is the modern state. Using universal themes of conflict, public education, protest and leadership, this book, which accompanies a major new exhibition at the British Library, takes a close look at the range of propaganda used by different states - and their opponents. Over the last 100 years, increased literacy, multiplying media formats, methodologies and competing messengers have required ever greater effort to persuade and influence citizens, and the book's primary focus is the 20th and 21st centuries, taking a worldwide view. But it also puts propaganda into its historical context. Different strategies are highlighted - from appeals to hearts and minds, to dictat and the cult of personality, sloganeering and news management. Posters, books, films, stamps, cartoons, music, newspapers, statistics, games, social media and the web all feature. The book concludes with a look at how the explosion in social computing is influencing the way the state attempts to persuade and control its citizens.

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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: The British Library Publishing Division (1 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712357009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712357005
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 21.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Make[s] concise but valuable contributions to a rich body of literature critiquing how leaders, media and other entities shape public opinion, whilst being accessible and thought-provoking to readers who might have little knowledge of the subjects discussed within the book."--Michael Warren "LSE Review of Books "

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Professor David Welch is a historian who specializes in twentieth-century political propaganda. He is based at the University of Kent, where he founded the Centre for the Study of War, Propaganda and Society. He has published many books on propaganda

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Propaganda - Power and Persuasion by David Welch
This publication accompanies the excellent exhibition at the British Library in London, thought really it is a book which is a stand alone work,and is a total masterpiece of research, extraordinary insight and explanation. A fascinating work, which is an absolute must for anyone interested in the subject of persuasion, attracting attention, publicity stunts,communication, advertising, social/new media and psychology. This book is essential reading for every image maker, artist, designer, illustrator, photographer, historian, thinker and academic. The themes and revelations revealed ironically blend in seamlessly to the uncomfortable mood music of our times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT BOOK for a great exhibition 17 Aug 2013
By Miki J
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This book marries up with the exhibition in 2013 at The British Library - but, if you missed the exhibition, it's a truly excellent substitute with beautifully reproduced photographs of (principally) government posters, advertisements, cartoons etc focussing on war, health and areas in which states in the world try to determine our beliefs, values and behaviour. The book looks mainly at the 20th century. it is informative, and will be appreciated by those interested in politics and the way in which governments operate. Beautiful quality paper too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant 12 Jun 2014
By Leibel
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This is a brilliant book and a must for anyone wanting to study how propaganda works. Buy it and find out the truth!!!
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