Radical Propaganda & Literature: Collections
The Radical Propaganda and Literature Collections featured in the archive feature a wide selection of propaganda materials, extremist literature, government documents, books, art, ephemera and other materials from a wide range of people and perspectives.
Being free, transitory and ephemeral in nature, propaganda and ephemera are often difficult to find, being retained for only the short time needed to read it and so quickly lost unless archived soon after publication, but also give a unique snapshot into the politics and ideology of a particular party or organisation at an exact moment in time.
The propaganda in the Radical Propaganda and Literature Collections offers unique perspectives on pivotal moments in history, such as an election, short-lived extremist campaigns, and changes in government. The radical literature included adds a rarely seen snapshot of the real people behind the spread of propaganda, and the extreme claims that affected their day-to-day activities. With these online collections, researchers living in the era of Fake News can use multiple different approaches as they search and assess the propaganda, allowing them to gain a deeper understanding into how political propaganda and ephemera has been used to attract followers and persuade people to support both left-wing and right-wing causes, or to strengthen the conviction of a small number of true believers, and how it influenced public opinion through art, video, pamphlets and books.