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 of the Deed and Its Anarchist Origins

Propaganda of the Deed and Its Anarchist Origins

Propaganda of the deed and its anarchist origins
Neville Bolt


In the late 19th century, Propaganda of the Deed (or by Deed), the twin to the Propaganda of the Word, sought to bring about the fall of the state through acts of violence. These were to be operationally effective while symbolically charged events. As an instrument of direct action, they proclaimed that deeds speak louder than words. By goading the state through acts of violence aimed at symbolic targets, the state would be forced to overreact. That inevitably meant overstepping its remit, employing disproportionate measures. The consequent escalation in levels of violence would reveal the state's true draconian nature but inherent, moral weakness ...

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