Propaganda in the English civil wars: designing emotions to divide a nation

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Heffernan, Troy. 2015. "Propaganda in the English civil wars: designing emotions to divide a nation." Broomhall, Susan and Finn, Sarah (ed.) Violence and emotions in early modern Europe. New York, United States. Routledge. pp. 173-184
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Propaganda in the English civil wars: designing emotions to divide a nation

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID3137
3415
Book TitleViolence and emotions in early modern Europe
Authors
AuthorHeffernan, Troy
EditorsBroomhall, Susan and Finn, Sarah
Page Range173-184
SeriesRoutledge Research in Early Modern History
Chapter Number10
Number of Pages12
Year2015
PublisherRoutledge
Taylor & Francis
Place of PublicationNew York, United States
ISBN9781138854024
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315689456
Web Address (URL)https://www.routledge.com/products/9781138854024
Abstract

Throughout the events that led up to and included the English Civil Wars, propaganda divided the nation into royalists and parliamentarians. Propaganda used the emotional power of fear to take the seventeenth century’s melancholic state of mind and make the reasons for conflict appear necessary, while taking physical violence and transforming it from a method of restoring civil order to becoming a required tool if either side was to claim victory. This chapter explores how and why propaganda was so effective at manipulating peoples’ emotions, and the major role it played in a conflict that cost 85,000 soldiers their lives.

Keywordspropaganda; England; civil war; early modern; Charles I; Oliver Cromwell; emotions; history
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020430304. British history
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Byline AffiliationsFaculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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