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Image at War: Military Technology in the Illustrated Press of the Great War (August 2016)


The press was well accustomed to utilizing illustrations and photographs at the start of the First World War. This widespread use of images helped the people at home to better understand a war that differed enormously from previous conflicts. Images became a powerful instrument of propaganda, but also retained their usual function in entertaining and educating the reader. In this regard, technology offered new challenges and opportunities to the press in that the novelties of warfare had to be described to the public at home and images offered immediacy and clarity, and at the same time the new weapons’ marvel, even if terrifying, caught the attention and curiosity of the reader and “sold” magazines. The ample use of illustrations and photographs depicting technology in the magazines suggests how important the role of the press was in influencing both how the public understood the events on the frontline and how difficult it was for them to comprehend the new technological warfare.

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Authors & Contributors
Burke, Chloe Serene
Collins, Peter
Fara, Patricia
Girard, Marion
Linguerri, Sandra
Linker, Beth
British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Histoire des Sciences Médicales
History of Science
International Journal for the History of Engineering and Technology
University of Michigan
MIT Press
Oxford University Press
Pickering & Chatto
University of Nebraska Press
Iowa State University
World War I
Military technology
Technology and war; technology and the military
Science and war; science and the military
Zeppelin, Ferdinand von
Ritter, William Emerson
Scripps, Edward Willis
Time Periods
20th century, early
19th century
20th century, late
21st century
United States
Great Britain
Weimar Republic (1919-1933)

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