The First World War saw every government devote massive resources and effort into mobilising their populations and sustaining morale. To support the demands, governments deployed propaganda on a scale never seen before.

During the war, propaganda grew in sophistication, complexity and vehemence. It is no overstatement to say that the efforts of states to justify their actions, and to build international support, resulted in some of the most powerful propaganda ever produced. It was during this time that propaganda became as important a weapon of war as any other.

This talk will explore the form and purpose of the propaganda produced during the First World War. It will look at how traditional mediums such as print were deployed alongside the latest technology in cinema to cajole, persuade, enrage and sustain populations through four years of war.

Peter Johnston is Collections Content Team Leader at the National Army Museum. He has previously worked as an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Kent, and Visiting Lecturer at the University of Westminster.

This event is part of the National Army Museum’s regular Daytime Talks series.


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Venue details


Royal Marsden Education and Conference Centre
Stewart’s Grove

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