Propaganda: Power and Persuasion

British Library

17 May – 17 September 2013

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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.

Russian anti-Japanese poster from Russo-Japanese war, 1904

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.

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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.

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