How Did Great Britain Propagandize Music During Ww2

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A. Plan of Investigation How did Great Britain propagandize music during World War I compared to World War II? Music and propaganda played a big part in both World War I and II in both dehumanizing the enemy and lifting citizens’ spirits. The aim of this investigation is to compare how Great Britain used music as a propaganda method in World War I versus World War II. The investigation will cover the music that Great Britain used in the wars, as well as the focus and purpose of the songs with analysis from historians. Research of these songs and their meanings, in addition to historians’ analysis, should indicate how Great Britain used music as a method of propaganda in World War I and II to boost morale and degrade the opponent, as well …show more content…

Other songs were written to tell of the glories of Great Britain and to show both opponents and allies alike how great of a nation Great Britain was (Cull 110). During World War I especially, some songs were actually written by composers that were on active duty serving for Great Britain. These composers had different views on the war that other composers being so close to it. Their music reflects their losses and hardships they suffered during the war, while other music instead tried to raise spirits and celebrate and commemorate those at war (Kennedy 1). Music was also used in this sense to boost the morale of British citizens and allies, although the BBC did have some trouble choosing which music would do the job. Serious music had to be excluded, while dance music became more popular to attempt to boost morale (L. Baade 36). Many pieces, including Vera Lynn’s famous rendition of “We’ll Meet Again,” were used as a boost in morale and provided an optimistic view on the war; the thought that those going off to war would come back from the war and be able to see their families again was a huge morale boost (Parker 1). A new program entitled Music While You Work was created in an attempt to morally uplift the workers; additionally, the music focused on national unity and a common effort to win the war using a total war effort. This was done as an attempt to divert the attention of those upset of the new conscripted workforce: young women “engaged in ‘diluted’ (simplified and more monotonous) labor.” (L. Baade

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