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The SAGE Handbook of Propaganda unpacks the ever-present and exciting topic of propaganda to explain how it invades the human psyche, in what ways it does so, and in what contexts. As a beguiling tool of political persuasion in times of war, peace, and uncertainty, propaganda incites people to take, often violent, action, consciously or unconsciously. This pervasive influence is particularly prevalent in world politics and international relations today. In this interdisciplinary Handbook, the editors have gathered together a group of world-class scholars from Europe, America, Asia, and the Middle East, to discuss leadership propaganda, war propaganda, propaganda for peace marketing, propaganda as a psychological tool, terror-enhanced propaganda, and the contemporary topics of internet-mediated propaganda. Unlike previous publications on the subject, this book brings to the forefront current manifestations and processes of propaganda such as Islamist, and Far Right propaganda, from interdisciplinary perspectives. In its four parts, the Handbook offers researchers and academics of propaganda studies, peace and conflict studies, media and communication studies, political science and governance marketing, as well as intelligence and law enforcement communities, a comprehensive overview of the tools and context of the development and evolution of propaganda from the twentieth century to the present: Part One: Concepts, Precepts and Techniques in Propaganda Research; Part Two: Methodological Approaches in Propaganda Research; Part Three: Tools and Techniques in Counter-Propaganda Research; Part Four: Propaganda in Context.

Propaganda and Disinformation: How a Historical Perspective Aids Critical Response Development
Propaganda and disinformation: how a historical perspective aids critical response development
Gill Bennett
Introduction

Both propaganda and disinformation have been employed as tools of statecraft for centuries in the service of causes worthy and unworthy. In an age of instant global media and 24-hour news, it is important for both policymakers and the general public to try to understand what they both mean and how they intersect. This chapter begins by considering the difficulties of reaching definitions that are both workable and acceptable, when so many of the concepts involved rely on subjective judgement. It will then go on to explore some examples of the use of the terms propaganda and ...

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