Write propaganda, shut up or fight: Philip Gibbs and the Western Front

Kerby, Martin and Baguley, Margaret and MacDonald, Abbey (2019) Write propaganda, shut up or fight: Philip Gibbs and the Western Front. In: The Palgrave handbook of artistic and cultural responses to war since 1914: the British Isles, the United States and Australasia. Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., Cham, Switzerland, pp. 219-236. ISBN 978-3-319-96985-5


The British War Correspondents who reported from the Western Front during the First World War have not been treated well by history. Though many were rewarded with fame and fortune, in the post war years their reports were the subject of considerable scrutiny. At best, they have been characterised as naïve dupes of the military and victims of censorship. At worst, they have been impugned as co-conspirators in a web of deceit and lies, the effects of which reverberate to this day. The truth, however, is far more nuanced than that; a reality that is nowhere clearer than in the reports written by Philip Gibbs, the most famous correspondent of them all.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: c. The Editors and The Authors 2019.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2019 04:36
Last Modified: 01 May 2019 04:32
Uncontrolled Keywords: British war correspondents, First World War, media, newspapers, Western Front, Philip Gibbs, propaganda, truth
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2099 Other Language, Communication and Culture > 209999 Language, Communication and Culture not elsewhere classified
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210305 British History
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950204 The Media
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-96986-2
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/35366

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