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Falsehood In War Time: Containing An Assortment Of Lies Circulated Throughout The Nations During The Great War
1928. Contents: The Commitment to France; Serbia and the Murder of the Archduke; Invasion of Belgium as Cause of War; Germany's Sole Responsibility for the War; Passage of Russian Troops Through Great Britain; The Mutilated Nurse; The Criminal Kaiser; The Belgian Baby Without Hands; The Louvain Altar-Piece; The Contemptible Little Army; Deutschland Uber Alles; The Baby of ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published 1980 by Institute for Historical Review
(first published 1928)
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Just what it sounds like: an account of propaganda lies circulated in the British and American press during World War I. The most memorable example may be the oft-repeated press accounts of German soldiers cutting off the hands of hundreds, maybe thousands (reports vary) of Belgian war orphans. The public seems to have accepted the story without question as an indication of German inhumanity. No doubt it flamed their fighting spirits. One kindhearted businessman collected funds to construct an o ...more
The most surprising thing I learned from this book is not that the British, American, French and German governments concocted lies, spread rumors, or doctored photos to sell WWI to their citizens; and it’s not that the same governments so blithely admitted to it after the fact; it’s that the people so duped and led into such a staggering catastrophe didn’t care when they learned the truth. Governments continue to pull out the same old propaganda techniques every time they need to convince their ...more