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The History of Political Propaganda from the French Revolution

HIS 425

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This course will explore the history of political propaganda in the context of mass politics, international rivalries, colonialism, the rise of totalitarian regimes in the twentieth century. We will discuss the use (and abuse) of visual images and verbal messages, channels of delivering them to audiences, and their reactions. The topics for comparative and cross-cultural study of mass persuasion will include avant-garde art and propaganda, the cult of political leaders in totalitarian regimes, propaganda of hate and genocide, new media and terrorism, "weaponization" of information in international politics, and more.
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Section S01

  • Type: Seminar
  • Section: S01
  • Status: O
  • Enrollment: 13
  • Capacity: 15
  • Class Number: 21696
  • Schedule: Th 01:30 PM-04:20 PM