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Patriotism and Propaganda in First World War BritainThe National War Aims Committee and Civilian Morale$
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David Monger

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318306

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317811

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(p.268) Conclusion
Patriotism and Propaganda in First World War Britain
Liverpool University Press

This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the propaganda work of the National War Aims Committee (NWAC) in Great Britain during the First World War. It suggests that the NWAC propaganda offered Britons a complex and flexible narrative of patriotic identity and explains that its core message of duty was contextualised by several sub-patriotisms that explained what being British meant through the explication of key civilisational values. It also argue that contrary to concerns about its negative impact on civil liberty, NWAC representatives were encouraged to report public grievances in the hope of finding solutions or to try to set wartime discomforts in context.

Keywords:   National War Aims Committee, duty, propaganda, Great Britain, First World War, patriotic identity, civilisational values, civil liberty, public grievances

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