Persuasive Images: Posters of War and Revolution from the Hoover Institution Archives

TitlePersuasive Images: Posters of War and Revolution from the Hoover Institution Archives
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1992
AuthorsParet, Peter, Beth Irwin Lewis, and Paul Paret
Number of Pages233
PublisherPrinceton University Press
CityPrinceton, NJ

The 317 posters reproduced and discussed in this volume document the political and military conflicts of our century. Drawn from Russia, Central and Western Europe, and the United States, from the turn of the century to the aftermath of the Second World War, the posters form a bridge between the claims of ideology and the state on the one hand and the support or submission of millions of men and women on the other. How can men be persuaded to fight for their party or country, and how can women be convinced to enter the workforce in wartime and retreat to the home when their men return? How can women be brought to believe that losing their husbands and sons is a noble sacrifice? Where can money be found to pay for the costs of the war and of reconstruction? Are guilt, compassion, and fear sufficient to bind the homefront to the fighting men? What is the most effective way to dehumanize the enemy, whether foreign or domestic? These are some of the issues that the posters in this volume lay bare and begin to explain. Together text and image open fresh perspectives on half a century of war, revolution, and renewed war, and point toward a new kind of integrative history. Except for seven posters, the images in this book are from the archives of the Hoover Institution on War, Peace and Revolution at Stanford University. 

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