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Projecting power and persuading people

London, United Kingdom – From coins bearing images of ancient Greek monarchs, via world wars and clashes of ideology to our modern obsession with social media, an ambitious new exhibition at the British Library is attempting to expose how states have used propaganda to exert influence over our lives and behaviour.

Courtesy British Library

Courtesy British Library

Although typically the term has had a negative connotation, Propaganda: Power and Persuasion broadens its definition of the word to include anything used by governments as a means of validating and justifying their actions, building support and influencing behaviour.

It also aims to challenge the depiction of propaganda as a blunt weapon in the arsenal of Orwellian “ministries of information”, arguing that it is at its most effective when it is altogether more discreet.

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