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Karl Popper 514
My research primarily focuses on patriotism in First World War Britain, as well as the organisation of official wartime propaganda. *Patriotism and Propaganda in First World War Britain: the National War Aims Committee and civilian morale* was published by Liverpool University Press in 2012. It examined the activities of a parliamentary organisation established in 1917 to conduct domestic propaganda in Britain to maintain civilian morale. The book focused on the ways NWAC propagandists interpreted patriotism. I assessed how far their language reflected pre-war representations of patriotism, and what wartime adaptations occurred. Patriotism was a 'purposive language' used to persuade others of the validity or necessity of an action. Once it is understood that this is patriotism's function, it is possible to assess more clearly the significance of different themes within the wider discussion, and highlight less heavily-discussed, but more rhetorically crucial, elements of propagandists' patriotic narrative.During 2012, I co-organised an international conference with Katie Pickles (UC History) and Sarah Murray (Canterbury Museum) on 'Endurance and the First World War', which resulted in an edited collection, published in 2014.Following a sabbatical in the second half of 2013, I am currently continuing my research into the nature of British First World War patriotism, and have also begun to explore British propaganda relating to the Armenian genocide of 1915.