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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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Adversaries at Home and Abroad: The Context of Negative Difference

Adversaries at Home and Abroad: The Context of Negative Difference

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(p.113) Chapter 5 Adversaries at Home and Abroad: The Context of Negative Difference
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Patriotism and Propaganda in First World War Britain
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317811.006

This chapter analyses propaganda discussion of numerous ‘adversaries’ of Great Britain, both external and internal, and argues for an alternative means of interpreting negative discussions of difference to the familiar ‘otherness’ paradigm. It discusses the concept of adversarial patriotism and the role of spiritual patriotism in the cultural critique of Germany. This chapter argues that adversarial patriotism was an essential part of a broader patriotic model designed to ensure that British identity did not stagnate or become brittle, but remained robust, vigorous, and adaptable.

Keywords:   adversaries, Great Britain, otherness paradigm, adversarial patriotism, spiritual patriotism, Germany, cultural critique, British identity, propaganda

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