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War Posters: Weapons of Mass Communication

Exhibition book
War Posters: Weapons of Mass Communication
By Dr James Aulich

This lavishly illustrated book features over 300 of the most eye-catching and iconic posters from the Museum’s international collection. Starting with the Great War in 1914, through to the war in Iraq, from countries all over Europe, the Commonwealth, America and Russia, these posters are undoubtedly some of the most varied and powerful graphic images ever produced.

Over 300 illustrations, 256 pp
£19.95 hardback”

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Weapons of Mass Communication

“In the 21st century we have become accustomed to mass communication developing to unbelievably sophisticated levels, yet a new exhibition at the Imperial War Museum shows how for a large part of the 20th century, the humble poster was the key means of influencing public opinion.

The exhibition explores this phenomenon by presenting hundreds of the most eye-catching and iconic posters used to sell war and attendant ideologies from WWI to the present day.

Running until March 31 2008 Weapons of Mass Communication mines the museums’ vast poster archive to present a snapshot of the ideas that have been used to both promote and oppose conflicts and political ideas. ”

Read full entry. The accompanying book: “War Posters: Weapons of Mass Communication” by James Aulich is beautifully produced, and some information remains online.