New eresource: The First World War: Propaganda and Recruitment

New to eresources@cambirdge: The First World War: Propaganda and Recruitment


Alfred Leete [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

With events taking place to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War an extension to the Adam Matthew resource The First World War has recently been added to the eresources@cambridge database A-Z.

Focusing on the reality of the daily lives of individuals the database offers a range of primary source material relating to propaganda, recruitment and personnal experiences as well as interactive maps, essays and case studies.

The primary sources include personal diaries, letters, journals, photos, posters and postcards. The digitised images of these documents can be viewed online or downloaded as PDFs.

Material from the renowned War Reserve Collection from Cambridge University Library is included in this resource. This collection includes British, French and German books, periodicals, pamphlets and ephemera relating to the 1914-1919 war.ul

The collection is described on The First World War site as having:

“… a truly international dimension, covering material from North and South America, the Far East, North Africa, the Middle East, Australasia and Scandinavia, as well as principal European protagonists. A vast array of propaganda material is featured, such as: Allied and German propaganda literature aimed at front-line troops, the home front, businessmen, wives and mothers, politicians and neutral nations (particularly the campaign by the Allies to persuade the United States to enter the war); periodicals and magazines, such as Bull and The Fatherland; reports on French atrocities in Spain and the Belgian atrocities; anti-imperialist tracts aimed at weakening Britain’s Indian and African support; and much more.”

First World WarAnother resource covering the First World War is Europeana 1914-1918, a free digital resource funded by the EU, which now includes a learning site created by the British LIbrary.

On Monday 17th Februrary The British Library and History Today are hosting The First World War: The Debate.This debate will look at how

the upcoming centenary of the First World War has already sparked great debate and public comment about how we should remember and commemorate the conflict.

The First World War: Propaganda and Recruitment is now available via the eresources@cambridge database A-Z or here.

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