Lecture Description

Today our political culture is pervaded by a widespread distrust of political messages and disdain for what we call spin. The lecture traces the roots of this suspicion to the First World War, when propaganda–from both the European belligerents and the American government–led to a backlash against the very use of propaganda. The talk traces how this suspicion became so debilitating that it discouraged Americans from taking seriously the Nazi threat until the eve of World War II.


Interwar (1918-1941) Politics

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