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Media and the Making of Modern GermanyMass Communications, Society, and Politics from the Empire to the Third Reich$
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Corey Ross

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199278213

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199278213.001.0001

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Republicans, Radicals, and the Battle of Images

Republicans, Radicals, and the Battle of Images

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(p.223) 8 Republicans, Radicals, and the Battle of Images
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Media and the Making of Modern Germany
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199278213.003.0008

This chapter investigates how republican political elites participated in the discourse discussed in Chapter 7, and how they attempted to devise a more democratic form of public relations distinct from the negative connotations of ‘propaganda’ reverberating after the excesses of the war. The attempt to devise a rational form of democratic ‘instruction’ is discussed. The chapter then analyses the challenge posed by the aggressive and in many ways cutting-edge image campaigns of the radical anti-republican movements, especially the National Socialists, and how both the deepening crisis of the early 1930s and the ‘lessons’ of the wider discourse on propaganda eventually led to a hesitant yet fateful process of re-thinking on these issues within government and democratic circles.

Keywords:   advertising, communism, anti-republican, democracy, instruction, mobilization, National Socialism, propaganda, publicity, radical politics

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