School of History

Centre for the Study of War, Propaganda and Society

The Centre

The study of war and propaganda is well established at Kent. The Centre for the Study of War, Propaganda and Society is interested in different types of conflict, from trench warfare and geopolitical standoffs to guerrilla and terrorist tactics and civil defence initiations. It also considers the application of technology and medicine in warfare, the impact of the media on public opinion, along with the increasing importance of the home front in contemporary warfare. A further strand of research is the legacy and memory of war in the twentieth century.

The Centre is recognised internationally as a hub of research in the field of war studies and propaganda. Ten full-time members of staff run two MA programmes and supervise PhD students. The Centre collaborates with partners in both the UK and Europe. A new major area that has developed over the last couple of years is public engagement, notably through the Gateways to the First World War project, funded by the AHRC.

The Centre was set up in 1994 by the University of Kent in order to foster the growth and expansion of propaganda study. In 1995, Kent became the first British institution to offer an MA programme in Propaganda and Persuasion in History. Due to the arrival of new staff with new specialisms the course was revamped, and in September 2007 the taught MA programme was relaunched as the MA in War, Media and Society. Since September 2015 the Centre convenes in addition the inter-disciplinary MA in First World War Studies.

Currently, the Centre holds a large collection of written, audio and visual propaganda material. Moreover, the University of Kent boasts the unique resources of the British Cartoon Archive.

For further information and enquiries please contact the Director of the Centre, Dr Stefan Goebel.

‘The Harmony Boys’

by David Low. First published on 2nd May 1940. Featured personalities (from L-R): Mussolini; Franco; Stalin; Hitler.


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