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How important was the government's use of propaganda in bringing the strike to an early end? - source related study of the General Strike.

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How important was the government's use of propaganda in bringing the strike to an early end? The Governments use of propaganda in bringing the general strike to an early end was important. It was definitely a great aid to the government however it was not the only important factor involved. Other factors were equally as important and it was the combination of all these factors, including the government's use of propaganda, which enabled the government to bring the strike to an early end. The main type of propaganda that the government used was in the form of articles in newspapers and posters. One such poster was published during the General strike entitled 'message from the prime minister' (Source G). This poster claimed that the General Strike was 'a challenge to Parliament and was the road to anarchy and ruin'. ...read more.

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This one speech was important as it persuaded people to go back to work by saying that they wouldn't be the first and that there would be no problems if they did return. The use of propaganda was effective to a certain extent, it managed to reach many people and helped persuade some people against the strike but it was not the sole factor which led to the early end of the General Strike. The Governments preparation for the General Strike was a major factor which led to the early end of the General Strike. Before the Strike the Government had taken precautions for such an event. The biggest of these was the setting up of the Organisation for the maintenance of supplies; this organisation aim was to provide supplies and a replacement work force in the event of a General Strike. ...read more.

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The Strikers wanted better conditions and more pay for the miners and overall most wanted Nationalisation. These were huge objectives in comparison to the Governments sole objective of bringing the strike to an early end. The Governments advantages in this area were a reason for the General strike coming to an early end. The overall use of propaganda did help the Government by persuading people against the General Strike. However in comparison to all the other factors which led to the early end of the General Strike, propaganda was definitely an important factor but was not the most important. The Governments preparation for the Strike was the most important factor; I believe that if the government did not use propaganda but had prepared for the strike then it would have still brought an early end to the strike. Overall it was the combination of all factors, which led to the early end of the General Strike. ...read more.

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