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Fall 2017-2018
* HIS 425 (HA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

The History of Political Propaganda from the French Revolution to Vladimir Putin

Igor Khristoforov

This course will explore the history of political propaganda in the context of mass politics, international rivalries, colonialism, and the rise of totalitarian regimes in the twentieth century. We will discuss the use (and abuse) of visual images and verbal messages, channels of delivering them to audiences, and their reactions. The topics for comparative and cross-cultural study of mass persuasion will include avant-garde art and propaganda, the cult of political leaders in totalitarian regimes, propaganda of hate and genocide, new media and terrorism, "weaponization" of information in international politics, and more.

Sample reading list:
Matthew Stanard, Selling the Congo
George Creel, How We Advertised America
Tilman Luedke, Jihad Made in Germany
Jan Plamper, The Stalin Cult: A Study in the Alchemy of Power
The Third Reich Textbook
Marcel H. Van Halpern, Putin's Propaganda Machine

Reading/Writing assignments:
This course requires about 150 pages of reading per week. Weekly reading responses should be about 300 words. Paper in lieu of final should be about 15 pages.

Mid Term Exam - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Papers - 20%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Background knowledge of modern and contemporary history will be helpful, but not required..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22729 S01 11:00:00 am - 12:20:00 pm T Th   Marx Hall   101   Enrolled:17 Limit:15 Closed