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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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Civilisational Principles: Britain and its Allies as the Guardians of Civilisation

Civilisational Principles: Britain and its Allies as the Guardians of Civilisation

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(p.140) Chapter 6 Civilisational Principles: Britain and its Allies as the Guardians of Civilisation
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Patriotism and Propaganda in First World War Britain
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317811.007

This chapter examines the representations of Great Britain's allies including France and the U.S. in the propaganda of the National War Aims Committee (NWAC). It explains that four values were constantly invoked by NWAC propagandists to demonstrate that Britain and its allies fought for ‘civilisation.’ These include honour, liberty, justice, and democracy. This chapter also considers the so-called proprietorial patriotism and argues that the NWAC propagandists' emphasis on Britain's heritage of liberty and democratic institutions was designed to highlight British civilisational pre-eminence even among its allies.

Keywords:   Great Britain, National War Aims Committee, allies, propaganda, civilisation, proprietorial patriotism, honour, liberty, justice, democracy

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