World War II Propaganda
Analyzing the Art of Persuasion during Wartime
by David Welch
October 2017, 196pp, 7x10
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-61069-673-9
$96, £74, 84€, A132
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Domestic U.S. WWII propaganda took the form of posters, radio broadcasts, movies, and cartoons.

Shows in illuminating detail how the Allied and Axis forces used visual images and other propaganda material to sway public opinion during World War II.

Author David Welch provides a neatly organized primary resource that focuses on key themes associated with World War II propaganda. Readers will not only be engrossed with a wide range of propaganda artifacts, they will also receive a better and more nuanced understanding of the nature of this propaganda and how it was disseminated in different cultural and political contexts.

This book reveals how leaders and spin doctors operating at behest of the state sought to shape popular attitudes both at home and overseas. A comprehensive introductory essay sets out the principles of propaganda theory in World War II, while the subsequent material provides examples of Allied- and Axis-generated propaganda and presents them in a readily accessible way that will help readers understand the context.


  • Gives the reader primary source examples of World War II propaganda, answering the need for the study of images that is necessary in today's history study
  • Includes a comprehensive bibliography
David Welch is professor of modern history and director of the Centre for the Study of War, Propaganda and Society at the University of Kent. His publications include ABC-CLIO's Propaganda and Mass Persuasion: A Historical Enclyclopedia, 1500 to the Present as well as Germany, Propaganda and Total War, 1914–1918; The Third Reich: Politics and Propaganda; and Hitler: Profile of a Dictator. Welch co-curated the British Library exhibition, "Propaganda: Power and Persuasion" and authored an accompanying book of the same name.


"This book is recommended for public and academic libraries with patrons interested in the total conflict that was the Second World War and methods of persuasion."—Booklist, January 11, 2018

"A readable overview of different types and functions of propaganda. . . . Discussion of untrue morale-busting pamphlets used by several factions is especially fascinating. VERDICT World War II and ways in which the media alter attitudes are of enduring interest to readers."—Library Journal, February 15, 2018

"[A] very useful purchase. . . . Summing Up: Highly recommended. All larger public and academic levels/libraries."—Choice, April 1, 2018

"[T]he information is excellent, including background information on using propaganda effectively. . . . Plenty of primary sources, expert analysis, and an extensive bibliography provide readers with excellent resources. . . . For the serious researcher, this work will be useful with multi-national perspectives represented."—School Library Connection, May 2, 2018
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