What Was the Impact of Propaganda on the People of Britain in World War Ii

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What was the impact of propaganda on the people of Britain in World War II? Introduction: Propaganda had many effects on wartime Britain, and was implemented to ensure the war effort was paramount in everyone’s lives, as well as to ensure the safety of every allied individual involved in the war. This involved tactics such as the boosting of morale, propaganda to ensure evacuation went ahead smoothly, blackouts, conscription and censorship. Morale was a key feature in the success of the war and the war effort, and the government used propaganda to keep this ideal alive, to ensure the greatest output from the people was being produced to help the war effort.” “What the government feared most was defeatism” (9) stated Angus Calder. Morale instilled calmness in people, reducing the feeling of panic within the city as this would have had an adverse effect on the war effort, such as blackouts, which would also risk lives. Morale also encouraged employment amongst the people of Britain as they felt a sense of patriotism towards their country, and therefore in turn wanted to help with the war effort, rather than feel they were useless and were losing the war. This enabled the productions of munitions which would help on the front line, the production of food which would help to feed the civilian population, and to help route out enemy spies, which led to the major internment of the foreign axis population, leading to the deportation of 7,000 “aliens”. Morale here gave a huge boost to the industry. Morale was mainly controlled using censorship, which was another key factor of propaganda, and had a resounding effect on the British population. Censorship was another form of propaganda used in the war, in conjunction with morale, to ascertain the high level of self-esteem required for the war effort. Censorship was used primarily in news papers and the radio to
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