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‘All for the front! All for victory!’

Olga Kucherenko

in Little Soldiers

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199585557
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725043 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199585557.003.0006
‘All for the front! All for victory!’

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This chapter analyses the state's conflict-based propaganda techniques and their impact on the young audience. Examination of wartime culture shows that the state not only exploited the fascination that children usually have for war, thereby helping structure their romantic perceptions of it, but also sent mixed messages to them, on the one hand encouraging them to contribute to the war effort in the rear, and on the other, actively promoting the image of a fighting child. Such reinforcement of the feeling of personal involvement with the country's struggle for survival was interpreted by some members of the young audience as a call for action.

Keywords: Timur's teams; front folklore; military-patriotic propaganda; pre-conscription training; war games; enemy; dehumanization campaign; hate propaganda; vengeance; young heroes

Chapter.  16923 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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