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Nurse, martyr, propaganda tool: the reporting of Edith Cavell in British newspapers 1915-1920

Hodgson, GR (2017) Nurse, martyr, propaganda tool: the reporting of Edith Cavell in British newspapers 1915-1920. Media, War and Conflict, 10 (2). pp. 239-253. ISSN 1750-6352

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Edith Cavell’s death by a German firing squad in 1915 proved to be a significant moment for First World War propaganda. News of the British nurse’s death caused a torrent of outrage in Britain and around the world, inspired thousands of Allied troops to enlist and helped sway US opinion against Germany. Newspapers, as the principal source of communication between the government and the people, were essential in relaying this message and this article studies the roles played by the Daily Mail, the Manchester Guardian and the Daily Express. The results show the newspapers were eager participants as Britain sought to stiffen public hostility towards Germany and justify the suffering on the Western Front and at home. This article also examines the immediate post-war period as the newspapers changed from persuaders to reflectors of public opinion.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2001 Communication And Media Studies, 1903 Journalism And Professional Writing
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN4699 Journalism
Divisions: Liverpool Screen School
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2017 09:14
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2017 10:27
DOI or Identification number: 10.1177/1750635216676852
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6868

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