James Chapman: British Comics

I've met James Chapman at a number of events, and he worked in a similar area - looking at British propaganda films produced by the Ministry of Information - so it's interesting to see the direction his academic work takes him (his last book being about the 1960s).. and I think if you're interested in posters as a cultural product, you're also likely to be interested in posters: Most of us with fond memories of what…

Chapman, J. The British at War: Cinema, State and Propaganda, 1939-1945 London: I.B. Tauris, 1997

This work is converted from Chapman's PhD, and is described as a "comprehensive history of the role, nature and organisation of film propaganda in Britain during the Second World War." Chapman challenges the received wisdom that WW2 propaganda was shambolic and disorganised. He shows how film propaganda was more successful than alleged. He examines the roles of both commercial film industry and government film units; through an analysis of government and trade sources he explores…

James Chapman ‘ Official British Film Propaganda during the Second World War

Chapman, J., 'Official British Film Propaganda during the Second World War' PhD Thesis completed, 1995. Lancaster University The Ministry of Information was set up at the outbreak of war in September 1939 to co-ordinate all aspects of propaganda and information for the British Government. Its Films Divison was responsible for the formulation of official film propaganda policy and the production of official films. Both the M.O.I. and its films division were handicapped initially by the…