The Influence Of Propaganda During The First World War

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Propaganda is a set of ideas or that is biased and misleading used and spread in order to influence the way people perceive things on a global scale. During the Great War, various countries went into war after the invasion of Belgian by Germany in August 1914. This invasion led to speculations arising as to what led to the Belgian invasion. This essay will discuss the role propaganda played in shaping public opinion on both sides of the conflict during the First World War. It will further discuss how the media influenced the spread of propaganda and the views of the different States regarding propaganda. Belgium was invaded by German troops in August 1914. The invasion began spreading in other parts of Belgium and later into France. It was alleged that civilians from Belgium and France attacked the German troops during the guerrilla wars however, the German troops argued that, they were ambushed, shot and poisoned by the Belgians and French civilians. The ambush led to German soldiers avenging themselves by raping, killing and burning both citizens from Belgium and France. Stories of the atrocities committed in Belgium were picked by the local citizens and later was published in various newspapers, cartoons and the official reports. Propaganda of the First World War played an important role in shaping the contents and stereotypes of cartoons and other visual media targeted at the public participating in the war (Wilke, 1998, p. 69). During the war, Louis Raemakers made

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