Robertson, Emily: Propaganda at home (Australia)

Robertson, Emily

Propaganda at home (Australia)‘, Ute Daniel et al., ed., 1914-1918 Online: International Encyclopedia of the First World War, Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, 2015

Australian government propaganda was subordinate to state and federal recruiting bodies and thus was mainly tasked with maintaining enthusiasm for recruiting in one of the few countries that sustained voluntary enlistment throughout the war. Wielding strong censorship powers, the government sought to control anti-war propaganda, particularly as voluntary recruiting declined from the middle of 1916. Powerful unofficial propagandists supported the government and produced large amounts of anti-German atrocity propaganda. However, anti-war and anti-conscription campaigners defied censorship and produced abundant amounts of propaganda over the course of the conflict. (abstract)

The article covers themes of recruiting propaganda, the influence of Britain, official and unofficial propaganda and the conscription referenda of 1916 and 1917. There are links to other articles by the same author on related subjects plus a select bibliography. The section editor is Peter Stanley.

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