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Reaction: The Impact of White Propaganda

Tim Brooks

in British Propaganda to France, 1940-1944

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780748625192
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651351 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625192.003.0005
Reaction: The Impact of White Propaganda

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This chapter considers the reactions of the French people, the Vichy authorities and the Germans to British white propaganda. The methods of distribution used by ordinary French people to further circulate British propaganda, the means employed by the authorities in France to prevent them and more general views about propaganda are explained. It seems unlikely that the Vichy postal censors opened all correspondence, so some may have got through simply by chance. The evidence of collection and circulation shows that the leaflets were carried out covertly. The evidence from France was almost entirely favourable in its judgement of leaflet propaganda and British Broadcasting Corporation broadcasts. German and Vichy French measures to prevent people from reading, collecting, hearing and circulating British propaganda indicate the authorities' fears about the pervasive influence that it could have.

Keywords: British white propaganda; France; Vichy postal censors; British Broadcasting Corporation; leaflets; Vichy authorities

Chapter.  11064 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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