Revision Diary

Censorship and Propaganda


Censorship and propaganda.





Propaganda: all the different ways the government 'got its message across' to people (e.g. radio, cinema, posters, Churchill's speeches, ‘Careless Talk Costs Lives’ campaign).

Censorship: withholding information which the Ministry of Information thought would damage morale (e.g. pictures of dead children).

'Black propaganda': information put out to trick the Germans (e.g. a pretend rebel German radio station).  



1.  The Ministry of Information was put in charge of censorship and propaganda..

2.  Regular government surveys called 'Mass Observation' monitored public opinion and morale.    

3.  The most famous radio programmes were Listen while you Work and The Kitchen Front.


Revision Focus

This is a Paper 1- World War Two  topic, so think about how you will USE the information to answer sourcework questions.  

You will need:

1.  A GENERAL UNDERSTANDING of 'what was going on', so you can make intelligent comments on the purpose of the sources.

2.  Some FACTUAL KNOWLEDGE so you can assess the factual accuracy of the sources.


This paper is ALL sourcework questions, so make sure you know how to do them.


NOTE PARTICULARLY that there is no choice of questions on this topic - so...





More key facts on the Revision Sheet.  



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