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Textbooks as Propaganda

Author : Joanna Wojdon
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Textbooks as Propaganda analyses post-Second World War Polish school textbooks to show that Communist indoctrination started right from the first grade. This indoctrination intensified as students grew older, but its general themes and major ideas were consistent regardless of the age of the readers and the discipline covered. These textbooks promoted the new, post-war Poland’s boundaries, its alliance and friendship with the Soviet Union, and communist ideology and its implementation within the countries of the Soviet bloc. Through a thorough analysis of nearly a thousand archival textbooks, Joanna Wojdon explores the ways in which propaganda was incorporated into each school subject, including mathematics, science, physics, chemistry, biology, geography, history, Polish language instruction, foreign language instruction, art education, music, civic education, defense training, physical education and practical technical training. Wojdon also traces the extent of the propaganda, examining its rise and eventual decrease in textbooks as the totalitarian state began its decline. Positioning school textbooks and textbook propaganda in the broader context of a changing political system, posing questions about the effectiveness of the regime’s educational policies and discussing recent research into political influences on school education, this book will appeal to anyone interested in the history of communist-era propaganda.

Textbook Propaganda

Author : Mark Mark Hodges
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This book is a continuation of the textbook folly series and reviews two college textbooks; one from the Eastern Washington University and the other from the Spokane Community college system. The first book in the textbook folly series dealt with direct attacks on the Bible and Christianity in philosophy and logic textbooks. This book, volume two, deals with a much more insidious and wide spread attack on the Christian faith through the revisioning of history. Even though the two textbooks we review in these chapters are geography books, the reader may be surprised to find that geography has changed. Because they now include social studies and history in Geography, the books provide the perfect opportunity for presenting ideology in the guise of history, thus the title; Textbook Propaganda. Because of the necessary brevity for each history, the books have an opportunity to paint a very simplistic and dogmatic view of history, and often a very biased and inaccurate one. They get away with this by including very few names, dates or actual quotes from the people and times they are representing. This book pulls the cover off their subterfuge simply by going back to actual source documents and quotes of the few people and historical periods they mention or allude to. Is it education or indoctrination? That is a question that the reader will have to answer for themselves. If you are sending your children to college, and you hold anything other than an extreme liberal and anti-American and anti-Christian world view, you may want to read this series.

Techniques of Propaganda and Persuasion

Author : Magedah Shabo
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Bed ich Smetana

Author : Kelly St. Pierre
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This book reveals Czech composer Bedřich Smetana as a dynamic figure whose mythology has been rewritten time and again to suit shifting political perspectives.

Are You Being Brainwashed

Author : Kent Hovind
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Propaganda and Persuasion

Author : Garth Jowett
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Propaganda and Persuasion, Fourth Edition is the only book of its kind to cover a comprehensive history of propaganda and offer insightful definitions and methods to analyze it. Building on the excellence of the three previous editions, the Fourth Edition has been revised, updated, and expanded. Authors Garth S. Jowett and Victoria O'Donnell provide a remarkable and cogent understanding of persuasion and propaganda, including rhetorical background, cultural studies, and collective memory.

Russian Book 2 Russian Through Propaganda

Author : Mark Pettus
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This volume (Book 2) of Russian Through Propaganda is the continuation of Book 1, offering a second semester's worth of intensive Russian language learning. It presents all plural forms of noun and adjective case endings, introduces basic verbs of conveyance and basic prefixed forms, deals extensively with numbers and time expressions, and introduces comparative forms. It concludes with two special chapters dedicated to practical everyday conversation (for those heading to Russia), and an introduction to unadapted Soviet-era poetry and prose. Like Book 1, it is richly illustrated with Soviet propaganda posters whose slogans highlight each lesson's grammar. It is supplemented with a learner's Russian-English dictionary, an answer key, and useful grammar tables for reference. This new series of Russian language textbooks will continue with Books 3 and 4, entitled "Russian Through Poems and Paintings."

Russian Book 1 Russian Through Propaganda

Author : Mark Pettus
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Russian, Book 1: Russian Through Propaganda is the first volume in a new series of Russian textbooks with a rigorous but rewarding approach to the language. It assumes no prior knowledge of Russian, and is intended for ambitious beginners, or more advanced students seeking a highly structured review of the language. It assumes that its readers are interested in long-term mastery of the language, within the rich historical, cultural, and literary contexts that often draw students to Russian in the first place. It therefore takes the time to explain challenging grammar topics in depth, striving to provide the full picture as clearly as possible. It is richly illustrated with Soviet-era propaganda posters, whose slogans serve as examples of each lesson's grammar. It is structured as a series of 50 daily lessons, which build upon one another and give a clear sense of progress. It is the equivalent of a semester of intensive college-level study of Russian. Audio and other resources are available online.

Propaganda and Democracy

Author : J. Michael Sproule
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A study of propaganda in relation to twentieth-century democracy.


Author : Edward L. Bernays
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With politics taking centre stage due to the US presidential election, the time is perfect for a reprint of this classic work from Edward Bernays, the father of public relations and political spin and the man who designed the ad campaign that got the United States involved in World War I. Written in 1928, this was the first book to discuss the manipulation of the masses and democracy by government spin and propaganda.

Joseph Goebbels

Author : Jeremy Roberts
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Relates the life of Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels and his role in formulating Hitler's policy of exterminating the Jewish people.

Computational Propaganda

Author : Samuel C. Woolley
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Social media platforms do not just circulate political ideas, they support manipulative disinformation campaigns. While some of these disinformation campaigns are carried out directly by individuals, most are waged by software, commonly known as bots, programmed to perform simple, repetitive, robotic tasks. Some social media bots collect and distribute legitimate information, while others communicate with and harass people, manipulate trending algorithms, and inundate systems with spam. Campaigns made up of bots, fake accounts, and trolls can be coordinated by one person, or a small group of people, to give the illusion of large-scale consensus. Some political regimes use political bots to silence opponents and to push official state messaging, to sway the vote during elections, and to defame critics, human rights defenders, civil society groups, and journalists. This book argues that such automation and platform manipulation, amounts to a new political communications mechanism that Samuel Woolley and Philip N. Noward call "computational propaganda." This differs from older styles of propaganda in that it uses algorithms, automation, and human curation to purposefully distribute misleading information over social media networks while it actively learns from and mimicks real people so as to manipulate public opinion across a diverse range of platforms and device networks. This book includes cases of computational propaganda from nine countries (both democratic and authoritarian) and four continents (North and South America, Europe, and Asia), covering propaganda efforts over a wide array of social media platforms and usage in different types of political processes (elections, referenda, and during political crises).

Propaganda Techniques

Author : Henry T. Conserva
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Propaganda Techniques is a book designed to illustrate several of the many ways politicians, advertising writers and countless promoters try to control our thoughts. The readers of this book will become more aware of the countless and subtle ways in which they are being manipulated every day. Although initially this book was intended for use by teachers and students, I soon realized it would be useful for people in many other fields. Journalists, business people, sales people, police, counselors, advertisers, politicians, medical personnel and lawyers are just a few of the groups that would find this book useful. General readers would also find it stimulating and provocative. The eighty-nine selected techniques explained in the book are divided into seven sections; Faulty Logic Diversion and Evasion Appealing to the Emotions Using Falsehoods and Trickery Playing on Human Behavioral Tendencies, Mental Capacities and Processes Speaking or Writing Styles Reason or Common Sense The exercises at the end of the book will help the reader gain practice in using the propaganda techniques. The first exercise is for simplification of a persuasive message. A complex message loses effectiveness because most people lack the stamina to wade through a great deal of information to get to the point. The exercise for simplification calls for writing a summary of the Declaration of Independence so that the document will be reduced to a few paragraphs while maintaining the perceived intent of the author. This work should be very useful to all those trying to develop critical thinking skills.

The Third Reich

Author : David Welch
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This work re-appraises one of the most closely studied issues in European history, the appeal of the Nazi party, and analyses the reasons behind the remarkable and sustained success of National Socialism in Germany.

Communist Propaganda at School

Author : Joanna Wojdon
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Communist Propaganda at School is based on an analysis of reading primers from the Soviet bloc and recreates the world as presented to the youngest schoolchildren who started their education between 1949 and 1989 across the nine Eastern European countries. The author argues that those first textbooks, from their first to last pages, were heavily laden with communist propaganda, and that they share similar concepts, techniques and even contents, even if some national specificities can be observed. This volume reconstructs the image of the world presented to schoolchildren in the first books they were required to read in their school life, and argues that the image was charged with communist propaganda. The book is based on the analysis of over sixty reading primers from nine countries of the Soviet bloc: Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, the German Democratic Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia from the period. Written with simplicity and straightforwardness, this book will be a valuable resource, not only to international academics dealing with the issues of propaganda, censorship, education, childhood and everyday life under communism in Eastern and Central Europe, but can also academics dealing with education under communism or with the content of primary education. It also brings educational experiences of the Soviet bloc to international researchers, in particular to researchers of education under totalitarian and authoritarian regimes.

Network Propaganda

Author : Yochai Benkler
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Mapping disorder. Epistemic crisis -- The architecture of our discontent -- The propaganda feedback loop -- Dynamics of network propaganda -- Immigration and Islamophobia: Breitbart and the Trump Party -- The Fox diet. Mainstream media failure modes and self-healing in a propaganda-rich environment -- The usual suspects. The propaganda pipeline: hacking the core from the periphery -- Are the Russians coming? -- Mammon's algorithm: marketing, manipulation, and clickbait on Facebook -- Can democracy survive the Internet?. Polarization in American politics -- The origins of asymmetry -- Can the Internet survive democracy? -- What can men do against such reckless hate? -- Conclusion

This Is Not Propaganda

Author : Peter Pomerantsev
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* A TIMES and GUARDIAN BOOK OF THE YEAR * 'Quietly frightening.' Guardian 'Essential reading.' Irish Times 'Consistently chilling.' Herald 'Shocking and entertaining.' Daily Telegraph When information is a weapon, everyone is at war. We live in a world of influence operations run amok, a world of dark ads, psy-ops, hacks, bots, soft facts, ISIS, Putin, trolls, Trump. We've lost not only our sense of peace and democracy - but our sense of what those words even mean. As Peter Pomerantsev seeks to make sense of the disinformation age, he meets Twitter revolutionaries and pop-up populists, 'behavioural change' salesmen, Jihadi fan-boys, Identitarians, truth cops, and much more. Forty years after his dissident parents were pursued by the KGB, he finds the Kremlin re-emerging as a great propaganda power. His research takes him back to Russia - but the answers he finds there are surprising. 'The world's most powerful people are lying like never before, and no one understands the art of their lies like Peter Pomerantsev.' Oliver Bullough 'Through our current smog of smouldering bullshit, This is Not Propaganda shines a necessary, humane and dissident light.' Nick Rankin 'Far more than just another take on today's chaotic information wars, this book argues that we will have to understand how propaganda seeks to shape our deepest thoughts before we can confront it.' Anne Applebaum

How Propaganda Works

Author : Jason Stanley
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How propaganda undermines democracy and why we need to pay attention Our democracy today is fraught with political campaigns, lobbyists, liberal media, and Fox News commentators, all using language to influence the way we think and reason about public issues. Even so, many of us believe that propaganda and manipulation aren't problems for us—not in the way they were for the totalitarian societies of the mid-twentieth century. In How Propaganda Works, Jason Stanley demonstrates that more attention needs to be paid. He examines how propaganda operates subtly, how it undermines democracy—particularly the ideals of democratic deliberation and equality—and how it has damaged democracies of the past. Focusing on the shortcomings of liberal democratic states, Stanley provides a historically grounded introduction to democratic political theory as a window into the misuse of democratic vocabulary for propaganda's selfish purposes. He lays out historical examples, such as the restructuring of the US public school system at the turn of the twentieth century, to explore how the language of democracy is sometimes used to mask an undemocratic reality. Drawing from a range of sources, including feminist theory, critical race theory, epistemology, formal semantics, educational theory, and social and cognitive psychology, he explains how the manipulative and hypocritical declaration of flawed beliefs and ideologies arises from and perpetuates inequalities in society, such as the racial injustices that commonly occur in the United States. How Propaganda Works shows that an understanding of propaganda and its mechanisms is essential for the preservation and protection of liberal democracies everywhere.

Brewing and Liquor Interests and German Propaganda

Author : United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on the Judiciary
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Propaganda Persuasion

Author : Garth S. Jowett
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Propaganda and Persuasion, Fifth Edition is the only book of its kind to cover a comprehensive history of propaganda and offer insightful definitions and methods to analyze it. Building on the excellence of the four previous editions, the Fifth Edition has been revised and updated. Authors Garth S. Jowett and Victoria O'Donnell provide a remarkable and cogent understanding of persuasion and propaganda, including rhetorical background, cultural studies, and collective memory. Key Features: * Offers a comprehensive history of propaganda, from ancient times to present day. Updated research in propaganda and persuasion and the use of propaganda in psychological warfare are also included. New examples to this edition include the global war against terrorism, the 2008 election, and the question of ideological propaganda in a polarized mass media system * Encourages a systematic approach to analyzing propaganda: An in-depth look at rhetoric, theory, and methodology helps students analyze propaganda * Differentiates propaganda from persuasion: Succinct definitions of propaganda and persuasion are given, as well as an original model that illustrates both their commonalities and their differences.