Propaganda: Power and Persuasion
17 May – 17 September 2013
Is your government telling you what to think? Are you sure? Don't miss this investigation of international state propaganda in the 20th and 21st centuries.
The British Library has brought together posters, films, cartoons, sounds and texts to reveal the inventive ways governments get their citizens on-side. They are sometimes creepy, sometimes funny, and often ingenious.
A fascinating collection of exhibits from the Second World War includes Franklin Roosevelt’s 1942 message to French young people: ‘Fascists offer nothing to young people... but death’, featuring a cartoon skeleton with a Hitler mask; British propaganda poster stamps from the same year; and the ‘Autumn leaves have fallen’ leaflets disseminated in Germany in 1941, which mocked the Nazi claim that the war would have been won by the end of the year.