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


Kerby, M and Baguley, M and MacDonald, AJ, Write propaganda, shut up, or fight: Philip Gibbs and the Western Front, The Palgrave Handbook of Artistic and Cultural Responses to War since 1914, Palgrave Macmillan, M Kerby, M Baguley and J McDonald (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 219-236. ISBN 978-3-319-96985-5 (2019) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-3-319-96986-2_13


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.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:art, first world war, war correspondents, censorship, propaganda
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Art history, theory and criticism
Research Field:Art history
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in creative arts and writing studies
UTAS Author:MacDonald, AJ (Dr Abbey MacDonald)
ID Code:128941
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2018-10-27
Last Modified:2020-05-05

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