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“Not like U.S.”: Enemy Image Creation and American National Identity

Toon, Wendy ORCID: (2011) “Not like U.S.”: Enemy Image Creation and American National Identity. In: World War II and the Media, 22 June 2011, Warrington Campus, University of Chester. (Unpublished)

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Using wartime poster images of the German and Japanese enemies this paper contends that designations of “us” and “them” act as a powerful and revealing expression of the relationship between World War II and American national identity. The process of enemy image creation was vital not only in explaining “why” and “who” we are fighting but also became a mirror for considerations of who we are and what we stand for. National identity then was formulated and articulated not only on the basis of traditional American staples; equality, liberty, freedom and democracy but also in response to, or in opposition to, American understandings and assessments arrived at through the process of “knowing” their enemies. Posters were one of the favoured mediums for propagandising the domestic population in many and varied ways and have been studied extensively, but these enemy image posters have been overlooked in terms of what they say about “U.S.”

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D731 World War II
E History America > E151 United States (General)
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Wendy Toon
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2022 08:53
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2022 08:53

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