Propaganda: power and persuasion

David Welch

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 accompanied a major new exhibition at the British Library (17 May - 17 September 2013), 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. It also puts propaganda into its historical context.

Professor David Welch is a British historian who specialises in 20th century political propaganda. He is based at the University of Kent, where he founded the Centre for the Study of War, Propaganda and Society.

Soft cover, 115 colour illustrations, 210 pages.

Propaganda: power and persuasion