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The most important aim of wartime propaganda was to encourage hatred of the enemy. Is the sufficient evidence in Sources A to I to support your interpretation?

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Dipti Kothari 10LA Candidate number: 4090 Centre number: 13240 Coursework 1 ? World War One Propaganda (Source Evaluation) Question 1:?The most important aim of wartime propaganda was to encourage hatred of the enemy.? Is the sufficient evidence in Sources A to I to support your interpretation? Propaganda was used in World War One as in any war. It ensured that the people only got to know what their governments wanted them to know, all forms of information were controlled. Newspapers were expected to print what the government wanted people to do and know. This would appear to be a form of censorship. They printed headlines that were intended to stir up emotions despite the consequences of whether they were accurate or not. There were three important aims of wartime propaganda which were hatred of the enemy; this was designed to make people hate the enemy so that people would be willing to fight in the First World War. Encourage patriotism; their aim was to make people feel proud of their country so that they prepare to fight for it. As well as that, it was planned to guarantee Britain had the moral high ground. If the Germans were shown as cowards or immoral, then people will feel that their fight was justified. Along with, Anti-war; this was the fourth aim of war time propaganda, this is when your against war, it also refers to Pacifism. ...read more.

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The headline reads: ?For King and Country; Brave Bath Lads who have answered the call?, this makes young men feel obliged to fight for their country. This is about five bothers and their brother in laws who all were in the British army and fought in the war. This tells us that they are patriotic as they fought the war, defending their country. Source B is a primary source and was produced during the time in 1915; therefore it tells us how people felt about the war and what their beliefs are. Also, as it is a primary source, it is reliable because it is a truthful source as it has been taken from the event and is not edited. However, this source is also unreliable as it is bias because the local government wants to show one side to the war, so they censored everything to make sure its only good news that they gave. The purpose of this source was to show to the people living in Bath, the bravery of the family who fought the war, even when they know that it?s risky because they may never see their family again. The government encouraged patriotism, so that they do the same. As part of my own knowledge, I know that people are unconvinced to fight the war for their country as many have been injured and have died during the war and are also frightened as they may never see their loved one?s again. ...read more.

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However, it can also be unreliable because it is bias. The reason for this is because it is an Anti-war propaganda therefore it only reflects the feelings and attitudes of a minority group. The purpose of this source was to stop the war and to gain support from Scottish people, British people and young ?potential? recruits thinking of joining the army. As part of my own knowledge, I know that it was produced at the time; therefore it?s a primary source. The reason for this is because Lord Kitchener was in charge of the British army in 1914. After analyzing the sources, I believe that the most important aim of wartime propaganda consists of all three elements. Hatred of the enemy, encourage patriotism and British being morally superior. Hatred of the enemy was an important aim because it manipulated people on to what the government wanted them to know and do. In order to fight, the governments made them hate the Germans. This made the British public realize who their enemies are. Encourage patriotism was also as important as hatred of the enemy because the government wanted people to defend their country, so they encouraged patriotism to make people realize their love for their country and they could do anything for it. British are morally superior is also important because it made people believe that British are better than Germans and made them feel that their fight was justified. Overall, I believe all three propaganda elements are as important as each other. Page of 4 ...read more.

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