What challenges did propaganda present for journalism in the 20th century and were they overcome?

Introduction From the late nineteenth century onwards, war and the mass media have ‘enjoyed a long, intricate relationship’ which only intensified with the growth of technology during the twentieth century.[1] Information from overseas correspondents could be relayed faster than ever before and the variety of mediums over which it was presented increased, allowing reporters toContinue reading “What challenges did propaganda present for journalism in the 20th century and were they overcome?”

How do British films made during the Second World War reflect contemporary attitudes to gender?

Introduction The term ‘gender’ is a social, cultural, and psychological construct which attributes specific traits and behaviours as being either male or female.[1] The films produced during the Second World War (1939-1945), in what Aldgate and Richards label the ‘Golden Age’ of film tend to focus on the home front, as opposed to the frontline,Continue reading “How do British films made during the Second World War reflect contemporary attitudes to gender?”

To what extent was the Second World War responsible for the end of Empire?

Introduction In 1939 the British Empire was made up of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Newfoundland, South Africa, The Irish Free State, India, Pakistan and Ceylon.[1] However, this essay’s main focus will be on evaluating Britain’s hold on Canada and India throughout the Second World War; with the question lending itself to debate on whether theContinue reading “To what extent was the Second World War responsible for the end of Empire?”