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On the First World War propaganda and the image of enemy [2]
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The number of such depictions used in the propaganda is staggering even for later standards and can understandably be used as one of best starting points of the soft power in modern wars and strengths of belligerent countries or those which hold influence over other states. Of course nobody will say that propaganda ever caused war nor that it was sole reason of its prolonging, but despite that — in perspective of this day — we can say it changed a lot. Not only in lives of people who lived then and there, but most importantly there where it was created to hold influence — in minds of people of that time. To what point it biased and distorted view ofthe German propaganda was later responsible for mythos of undestroyed and invincible army of Second Reich at the end of war? To what extent this mythos created also by propaganda, was later responsible for born of stabbing-in-the-back by socialists and — as added later — one minority (big in Austria-Hungary and lesser in Germany) in causing Austrian bad-painter-turned-dictator? We may never know, but it is the Historian's duty to ask every question about the past.

Bibliography:

  • World War I. A History, Hew Strachan, Oxford 2012.
  • The undermining of Austria-Hungary: the battle for hearts and minds., Mark Cornwall, London 2003.
  • Wojna i Pokój — Wielka Wojna., Piotr Szlanta, Zygmunt Zaradkiewicz, wystawa Muzeum Karykatury IX-XI 2014.

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Adam Pawłowski
Student historii UW i pracownik Muzeum Wojska Polskiego. Religiosceptyk, z zamiłowaniem do fizyki teoretycznej i geopolityki, amator psychologii ewolucyjnej i kofeiny.

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