'British Propaganda and the Third Battle of Ypres' a lecture given by Prof Stephen Badsey

'British Propaganda and the Third Battle of Ypres' a lecture given by Prof Stephen Badsey

From 08 July 2017 11:15 until 12:15

At Millfield Lane, Nether Poppleton, York YO26 6PA, UK

Posted by David Tattersfield


0207 118 1914


During the war, much British propaganda was at neutral countries to take advantage of Germany’s misfortunes and misjudgements, for example in 1916, an independent German artist created a small number of medals to commemorate the anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania. The medal was found by British agents, and hundreds of thousands of copies were made and circulated to highlight the ‘barbarity’ of the enemy. Exploiting this 'own goal' was a very effective method of influencing public opinion on the USA, which helped ease America's entry into the war in 1917.

Early in 1917, Prime Minister David Lloyd George asked the editor of the Daily Chronicle to produce a report on Britain's propaganda methods. Donald's report was damning which led to an overhaul of the propaganda machinery. This led to the appointment of John Buchan (later author of 'The 39 Steps') to head the new organisation. Could Buchan help the British Propaganda campaign that would be so vital for the coming battles of 1917? 

Stephen Badsey is an internationally recognised expert on the history and present practice of wartime propaganda and relationship between the media and warfare, as well as several other fields of modern and contemporary military history.

He was educated at King Edward’s School Birmingham and Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University, and he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 1995.

Stephen Badsey profile Prof Stephen Badsey

He has held research positions at the Imperial War Museum London, and for the BBC, and for several years he was a member of the academic staff at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, as well as holding various posts at universities in the UK and other countries.

He has written more than 100 books and articles, and his writings have been translated into five languages.

He appears and advises frequently for television and other media, and advises for academic, defence and governmental organisations; in the last five years he has been invited to address academic and professional audiences in Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, South Africa, and the United States.

Prof Stephen Badsey will be giving his lecture at The Western Front Association's National York Conference on 8 July. 

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