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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.
Chapter 21: Countering the Fear in Propaganda
Countering the Fear in Propaganda
In 1952, a top-secret US Government memorandum was sent to General Walter Bedell Smith, then the Director of the CIA, and other senior government security and defence officials, entitled ‘Staff Study – Preliminary analysis of the communist BW [biological warfare] propaganda campaign, with recommendations’ (USG PSB, 1952). It describes a campaign conducted by North Korea, accusing the United States of using ‘germ warfare’, with a view to implicating the United States in atrocities. The memorandum describes the historical and political context of the campaign, its conduct, likely impact on audiences and motivation for the propaganda. It makes a number of recommendations on how to ...