Propaganda in the English civil wars: designing emotions to divide a nation

Heffernan, Troy (2015) Propaganda in the English civil wars: designing emotions to divide a nation. In: Violence and emotions in early modern Europe. Routledge Research in Early Modern History. Taylor & Francis (Routledge), New York, United States, pp. 173-184. ISBN 978-113885402-4


Throughout the events that led up to and included the English Civil Wars, propaganda divided the nation into royalists and parliamentarians. Propaganda used the emotional power of fear to take the seventeenth century’s melancholic state of mind and make the reasons for conflict appear necessary, while taking physical violence and transforming it from a method of restoring civil order to becoming a required tool if either side was to claim victory. This chapter explores how and why propaganda was so effective at manipulating peoples’ emotions, and the major role it played in a conflict that cost 85,000 soldiers their lives.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Chapter 10. Permanent restricted access to Published Version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2016 05:07
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2016 23:24
Uncontrolled Keywords: propaganda; England; civil war; early modern; Charles I; Oliver Cromwell; emotions; history
Fields of Research : 21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210305 British History
Identification Number or DOI: 10.4324/9781315689456

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