Depictions and Images of War in Edwardian Newspapers, by G. Wilkinson

By G. Wilkinson

Via a close exam of newspaper insurance from 1899-1914, this publication seeks to appreciate the vicarious event of war held by means of Edwardians on the outset of the 1st international conflict. The attitudes in the direction of and perceptions of struggle held via those that participated in it or inspired others to take action, are the most important to our figuring out of the origins of the 1st global warfare. considering media background, cultural reports and armed forces background, Wilkinson argues that the click depicted warfare as far away and secure; important and fascinating or even as a few form of activity or video game. we're counseled to prevent an analogous misconceptions of warfare in our personal modern discussions of armed clash.

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It suggested that it could `relieve the housewife of anxiety' by providing an `emergency meal'. The advertisement thus tied domestic consumption by the housewife's `army' to the image of Baden-Powell and the recent relief of Mafeking. 83 In addition, testimonials by ordinary soldiers appeared in advertisements which brought an association between product and the positive image of the ordinary British trooper. Dr Tibbles' Vi-Cocoa was one product which used personal testimonials by named soldiers serving in South Africa.

The Boer `trick' of showing a white flag of truce and then firing on British troops as they moved from cover was roundly condemned. It was felt that while the Boers were `ordinarily held to be a civilized enemy', the misuse of the white flag `would seem somewhat seriously to discount their claim to such consideration'. Punch emphasized this perspective in a cartoon entitled `The Sullied White Flag', published in December 1899. Here, a Boer was confronted by John Bull, who hinted that the British troops might become ruthless if the Boers continue to abuse the flag of truce.

Before the invasion, the Tibetans were compared unfavourably with the North West Frontier tribes, for while they were equally savage in battle, the Tibetans were not as warlike, nor were they `reckless or daring'. They were seen as `uncouth, unkempt barbarians, but in normal times are good natured and harmless . 51 Here, the absence of recognized military training accounted for their lack of civilization, particularly when compared with the `trained troops' of the `civilized' British army. The Tibetans, like the Boers, were initially seen to lack basic military organization and were frequently referred to as a `mob'.

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