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Mobilising the home front: Propaganda Posters in Wartime Britain

  • In the 20th century, modern war became ‘total war’, involving the civilian population as participants in the overall war effort. This concept was particularly important in Britain during the Second World War. The Ministry of Information produced hundreds of posters to inspire civilians with the belief they had a vital contribution to make. This contribution included: keeping spirits high, working flat out on war production to support ‘our boys’ in the armed forces, accepting the need for sacrifices, and accepting that ‘we are all in it together’. Many of these themes were utilised after the war to support reconstruction and greater equality.

 

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