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British Propaganda and the War Effort in WWI

December 6, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Wednesday 6th December 2017 – Professor Mark Connelly examines ‘What would have happened to the liberty of nations if it had not been for the British Empire?: British propaganda and newspaper coverage of the imperial effort in 1917.’

David Lloyd George’s pointed references to the British Empire in one of his well-publicised British war aims speeches in September 1917 reveals much about the sensitivity of the British government to the presentation of the Empire by the later stages of the war. With victory seemingly no closer in 1917, despite a series of massive battles on many fronts, it was vital to maintain the commitment of the British public. War weariness was distinctly felt in Britain by 1917 and in order to counter it, Lloyd George’s government heightened the domestic propaganda campaign considerably. A significant component of the campaign was the desire to present the war as a family effort conducted by the whole British  Empire. The British people were reminded of the power and might of the Empire and the glorious deeds performed by men from the colonies and dominions. This paper will explore the image of the Empire created by official and unofficial British propaganda and in news reportage. It will show that as well as encouraging a sense of unity, attention was given to the post-war scenario and in particular sensitivity had to be shown over Ireland and India.

Mark Connelly is Professor of Modern British History at the University of Kent. His main research interests are on the memory of war, the image of the armed forces in popular culture and aspects of operational military history. His publications include The Great War: memory and ritual; We Can Take It: Britain and the memory of the Second World War and Steady the Buffs! A Regiment, a Region and the Great War.



Lecture first Wednesday of every month, at 7pm.

Tickets are £5 and include refreshments.

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December 6, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm