Censorship and Propaganda in World War I : A Comprehensive History
Author(s): Eberhard Demm
This book demonstrates how people were kept ignorant by censorship and indoctrinated by propaganda. Censorship suppressed all information that criticized the army and government, that might trouble the population or weaken its morale. Propaganda at home emphasized the superiority of the fatherland, explained setbacks by blaming scapegoats, vilified and ridiculed the enemy, warned of the disastrous consequences of defeat and extolled duty and sacrifice. The propaganda message also infiltrated entertainment and the visual arts. Abroad it aimed to demoralize enemy troops and stir up unrest among national minorities and other marginalized groups. The many illustrations and organograms provide a clear visual demonstration of Demm's argument.
“[Demm] offers many intriguing insights, especially comparative ones … [A] fascinating, wide-ranging look at how pervasive, multifaceted, and resourceful censors and propagandists were in every wartime society.” - Journal of Modern History
"Eberhard Demm’s international history of First World War censorship and propaganda is impressive in its scope,
is a highly enjoyable read, and contributes substantially to the historiography of this understudied subject.” - History: Reviews of New Books