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Introduction

in Capturing the German Eye

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780226301693
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226301716 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226301716.003.0001
Introduction

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This book reviews the development of American visual propaganda in occupied Germany from 1945 to 1949. It highlights the significance of information control and mass propaganda in radical regime change and illustrates the role of the visual in mass propaganda. During World War II, the U.S. government had relied heavily on visual propaganda. Hollywood was conscripted for the war effort. In April 1945, American visual propaganda had its greatest impact both at home and in Germany. The fear of alienating the German population and the constraints imposed by American domestic politics were the factors that shaped the American visual propaganda policy in occupied Germany. The United States and its allies were rearming Germany and endangering world peace. The military government of each allies attempted to project the cultural paradigms of its nation, and to offer credible and positive programs to guide German cultural rebirth.

Keywords: American visual propaganda; Germany; mass propaganda; U.S. government; Hollywood; military government; American domestic politics

Chapter.  8020 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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