Patriotism and Propaganda in First World War Britain
The National War Aims Committee and Civilian Morale
Dr David Monger is Lecturer in Modern European History at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
List of figures and tables List of abbreviations Acknowledgements Introduction Part 1: The National War Aims Committee 1: The development of wartime propaganda and the emergence of the NWAC 2: The NWAC at work 3: Local agency, local work: the role of constituency War Aims Committees Part 2: Patriotism for a purpose: NWAC propaganda 4: Presentational patriotisms 5: Adversaries at home and abroad: the context of negative difference 6: Civilisational principles: Britain and its allies as the guardians of civilisation 7: Patriotisms of duty: sacrifice, obligation and community – the narrative core of NWAC propaganda 8: Promises for the future: the encouragement of aspirations for a better life, nation and world Part 3: The impact of the NWAC 9: ‘A premium on corruption’? Parliamentary, pressure group and national press responses 10: Individual and local reactions to the NWAC Conclusion Appendices Bibliography Index
…the NWAC mattered, and was seen to matter. The same can, and should, be said of this monograph. Monger has written an interesting and original book on an important subject; this work deserves to become required reading not only for students of wartime propaganda, but for anyone interested in the nature of the wartime British state, or in the very idea of “patriotism” in modern Britain.
Matthew Johnson English Historical Review
Monger has written an important book. The NWAC has lacked a balanced treatment. Patriotism and Propaganda in First World War Britain is a definitive study of the NWAC organization and the content of its propaganda.
Twentieth Century British History, Vol. 25, No. 3
Monger has been able to shed important light on a crucial propaganda organisation, existing during the last months of the war when the maintenance of morale had become so important, and successfully presents this in a fashion that would interest anyone concerned with the employment of propaganda in the early part of the 20th century.
William Butler Reviews in History
... the most radical element in this book is its emphasis on the continuity of national cohesion and consciousness in early 20th-century Britain.
Impressively detailed, this book is a major, original and illuminating contribution to the scholarship of propaganda.
University of Oxford
Size: 239 x 163 mm
Publication: August 21, 2012