|Use the Observer's Story of the outbreak of war to answer the questions below.
- Compare the observer's diary entry for July 23rd with that of July 29th.
Why were people beginning to show more interest in what was happening
- (a) Compare the observer's diary entry for August 2nd with that of
August 5th. How does the attitude of people in Britain towards the war
(b) Why do you think this is the case?
- When war broke out it was greeted with enthusiasm by people in Britain
and her colonies. What clues are there in the observer's diary account and
the Interpretation: Propaganda and
World War and Total War articles to explain this?
- Read the Interpretation: Propaganda
article and examine the ‘We want You’ propaganda poster
carefully. Explain why the government may have produced this poster in the
way that it did?
- (a) What were the main aims of government propaganda?
(b) Which of
these aims do you think was the most important? Explain your answer.
- How effective was government propaganda?
Use the observer's diary
account to assess which of the following war propaganda aims the government
(a) raise morale
(b) encourage civilians to support the war
(c) create hatred and suspicion of the enemy
Support your answer
with specific lines from the diary.
- Why is it difficult to judge how effective government propaganda was
during the war just from using accounts such as this?
- Read the Interpretation: Propaganda and
World War and Total War
articles. How effective was propaganda:
(a) in Britain?
|You are the chief government advisor on propaganda.
Write a report for the prime minister about how propaganda is being used and
the impact it is having.
Conclude your report by recommending to the government what forms of
propaganda they should invest more heavily in.
- aims of propaganda
- method used and their effectiveness
- evidence you have from the Observer's diary account that your propaganda is working