A shared rhetoric: the Western Front in 1914/15 as reported by Henry Gullett and Philip Gibbs

Kerby, Martin (2017) A shared rhetoric: the Western Front in 1914/15 as reported by Henry Gullett and Philip Gibbs. Media, War and Conflict, 10 (2). pp. 208-221. ISSN 1750-6352

Abstract

The newspaper articles written by the Australian Harry Gullett and his English counterpart Philip Gibbs during the opening months of the First World War provide important insights into the nature of war reporting, propaganda, censorship, and the relationship between the press and the military. Despite differences in background and temperament, their reports, which were written prior to official accreditation, were remarkably similar in tone and content for Gullett and Gibbs shared the belief that war was a regenerative force that would purify and strengthen a degenerate pre-war Britain. Both writers adopted a rhetoric in their initial wartime correspondence that emphasized traditional martial and patriotic values that they believed were an antidote to the weakness and disunity of a pre-war Britain beset by industrial, social and political upheaval. Battles would therefore be best presented as extended heroic narratives in which there was order, honour and greatness. This approach exerted an influence as pervasive as censorship itself.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2016 03:03
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2017 23:11
Uncontrolled Keywords: censorship, First World War, media/press relations, war correspondents, Western Front, World War One
Fields of Research : 21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210305 British History
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210304 Biography
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1177/1750635216664869
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/29723

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