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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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The Development of Wartime Propaganda and the Emergence of the NWAC

The Development of Wartime Propaganda and the Emergence of the NWAC

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(p.17) Chapter 1 The Development of Wartime Propaganda and the Emergence of the NWAC
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Patriotism and Propaganda in First World War Britain
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317811.002

This chapter examines the wartime situation in Great Britain which prompted the establishment of the National War Aims Committee (NWAC). It discusses the negative impact of the failure of the Somme campaign on public opinion about the war and highlights Prime Minister David Lloyd George's recognition that systematic domestic propaganda was necessary to maintain public assent to the war. It describes the processes involved in the establishment of the NWAC and considers its links to other organisations like the pre-conscription Parliamentary Recruiting Committee.

Keywords:   National War Aims Committee, NWAC, Great Britain, Somme campaign, public opinion, David Lloyd George, domestic propaganda, public assent, Parliamentary Recruiting Committee

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