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Title: The Blitz and the bomber offensive : a case study in British home propaganda, 1939-45
Author: Fisher, Stephanie Jane
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1994
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The thesis is a case study of British home front propaganda in the period 1939-45, with particular reference to film propaganda; newsreels, official films, and feature films. It examines propaganda about German bombing raids against Britain during the Blitz and about RAF bombing raids against Germany in the Bomber Offensive. Chapter One sets out the aims and objectives of the thesis and gives some details about the primary sources used. Chapter Two deals briefly with pre-war planning for a propaganda Ministry and the basic structure of the wartime Ministry of Information (MOI). It also discusses in detail the way in which the MOI planned to shape propaganda about the Blitz in the period before the Blitz began. Chapter Three gives a detailed examination of propaganda about the Blitz during the period when it was taking place, and the way in which the RAF's raids against Germany were dealt with in this early phase of the war. The main emphasis is on film propaganda but some comparative data is given covering press and radio presentations. Chapter Four examines the period May 1941 to May 1942 and looks at the way in which propaganda policies for presenting the Blitz and Bomber Offensive were restructured to take account of changing circumstances: the need for increased aircraft production to support Britain's war effort; and the Alliance with the Soviet Union and America. Chapter Five deals with propaganda output about the Blitz and Bomber Offensive for the period covered by Chapter Four. Chapter Six discusses the development of Britain's bombing policy against Germany during the period 1940 to 1945. This chapter sets the context for a detailed study of propaganda about the latter stages of the Bomber Offensive.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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