"'Harmsworth's soldiers': the role of the press in the inculcation of the soldiers of the First World War."

Clarke, James (2016) "'Harmsworth's soldiers': the role of the press in the inculcation of the soldiers of the First World War.". BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The turn of the twentieth century coincided with a period of uncertainty for Britain as imperial conflicts revealed the fragility of its supremacy. The rise of Germany as Britain's leading naval rival over the period heralded a new age of international tension, as Britain sought to reaffirm its position as the preeminent world power against an ambitious and belligerent foe. Out of this tension emerged a deluge of anti-German sentiment within the pages of Alfred Harmsworth's newspapers, beginning over a decade before the outbreak of hostilities between the two nations, which demonstrated both a commercial brilliance and a concerted endeavour to inculcate the British population with a neurosis concerning Germans.
    This dissertation argues from a MacKenzite position that Harmsworth's newspapers, as mechanisms for the dissemination of imperialism through popular culture, played a significant role in the establishment of anti-German sentiment as the foundation of British patriotism. The connection between this patriotism and the patriotism declared by hundreds of thousands of men at the outbreak of the First World War is examined through the analysis of oral and written testimonies of the soldiers who enlisted. It is from this primary evidence that an important correlation is drawn between the jingoism of Harmsworth's newspapers and that displayed by the British soldiers of the First World War, revealing the influence of Harmsworth's press.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2016 15:28
    Last Modified: 20 Jun 2016 15:28
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/20929

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