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This document study is designed to be with a setCold War Propaganda posters which can be found at:

This document study is designed to be with a setCold War Propaganda posters which can be found at:
http://historeidenai.wordpress.com/2010/07/22/cold-war-propoganda/

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  • Cold War propaganda11 Modern History 11 Modern History15489123157904<br />COLD WAR PROPOGANDA<br />Your task will be to use a set of primary sources and the text accompanying them to gain insights to the way the Cold War influenced the lives of ordinary people and the way ordinary people thought, felt and behaved during the time. Read all the questions on these pages before opening the link. The answers will come easier that way.<br />NOTE: A number of questions have more than one part (more than one stem). Don’t forget to answer all parts of the question because like in an exam you cannot get full credit if you do not.<br />Go to this link and view a series of Propaganda Posters produced during the Cold War:<br />http://historeidenai.wordpress.com/2010/07/22/cold-war-propoganda/<br />____________________________________________________________________<br />Firstly we need a working definition of propaganda?<br />_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________<br />TIPS FOR ANALYSING PROPAGANDA<br />When analysing propaganda always follow these three steps:<br />
    • Describe the source. This will make you take the time to have a really good look at the evidence. Annotate it or make notes so you do not forget anything.
    • Identify what information is in the source. Remember nothing is in there by accident so try to work out as many points it is communicating to you as possible.
    • Decide how you can use the source. How effectively you use the source is only as good as the questions you ask of it. So formulating a question that the source will help you answer is the key here.
    Cold War Warriors<br />Actively watch an overview of the Marlboro Man Ad Campaign at:<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9_VJFnm6Rs<br />Look at the posters titled:<br />
    • Marlboro Man Smoking Cigarettes, 1950.
    Those who took the political, ideological and sometimes military fight to the enemy during the Cold War consistently over long periods of time are know as Cold War Warriors.<br />
    • Examine the advertisement for Marlboro Cigarettes. This image of the of the Marlboro Man was an icon for generations from the 50s onwards. What are the qualities of the Marlboro Man?
    • Look at Smoking Cigarettes, 1950. What are the qualities of the Marlboro Man’s Soviet opposite?
    • How do the qualities of these two iconic figures reflect the values and aspirations of their respective societies?
    Hollywood Goes to War<br />Look at the following movie posters and read the descriptions of the movies they promote:<br />
    • Invasion USA (1952)Invasion USA (1985)Rambo 2 (1985)
    • Who are the heroes and who are the villians in the three movies?
    • How the the two latter movies similar to the earlier image of the Marlboro Man?
    • The Cold War was just that, cold. But according to these sources when fighting had to be done who fought? What were the qualities of the fighters?
    • How do these images reflect the fundamental personal qualities of the people of American society and how does it contrast with those of the Soviet society?
    • Can you find a poster which reflects the character of Soviet society? Which one and how is it done? Look for something that is in a way opposite to the themes of the movie posters.
    Propaganda by Omission<br />Look at the poster labelled:<br />
    • USA Baut
    • Some posters make strong statements by NOT referring directly its enemy or the qualities of its enemy. According to the poster USA baut what is the fundamental difference between the practices of the United States and that of the Soviet Union?
    • Find an example using the same approach produced to paint the Soviets positively. Which one have you chosen, how did they do it and do you think it is effective or not? Why?
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    You must be MAD I tell you MAD!!!<br />Look at the following posters which make overt reference to Nuclear War:<br />
    • Fallout Farm
    • Radioactive Fallout
    • Sign of Protection
    • What is Fallout?
    • What is a Fallout Shelter?
    • According to Fallout Farm and the DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE WASHINGTON DC MAY 1958 what was an indirect threat posed by nuclear weapons to the American people?
    • Who appears to have produced these posters?
    • Taking into account the tone of these posters can a nuclear war actually be fought?
    Look at the following posters which also make reference to Nuclear War but with a different tone:<br />
    • Save Our Cities
    • Stop Nuclear Suicide
    • Define Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD).
    • According to these sources is the foundation idea of MAD valid? Explain what commentary these two posters are making on the concept of MAD.
    Who’s Winning this Cold War?<br />Now it is your turn to ask some questions.<br />Look carefully at the following 4 posters. Apply the three steps for analysing propaganda to these four sources. <br />
    • The Tenth Anniversary of the Victory of the Bay of Pigs, Cuba
    • Stop Communism!
    • To Fly Higher Than All, Farther Than All, Faster Than All
    • Same Year Different Weather
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