We asked some of the world's foremost experts some essential questions about propaganda and World War II. Here's what they said.
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Timothy Balzer has taught at the University of Victoria and for the Division of Continuing Studies, Royal Military College of Canada. He is a historian who specializes in Canadian military public relations and news management during the Second World War.
Antony Beevor conducted research in more than thirty archives in six countries to write his most recent book of non-fiction, D-Day: the Battle for Normandy. His other international best-sellers include: Stalingrad, Paris After the Liberation 1944-1949, Crete- The Battle and the Resistance, Berlin-The Downfall, The Battle for Spain. http://www.antonybeevor.com
Professor Amy Bell teaches history at Huron University College in London, Ontario. Her area of research is the civilian experience in wartime Britain, on which she has lectured and written extensively. Professor Bell's latest book is entitled “ London Was Ours: Diaries and Memoirs of the London Blitz”. http://www.huronca.ca/profiles/?id=6
Professor Nicholas J. Cull is the Director of the Masters Program in Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California (USC). His research and teaching interests are focused on the role of culture, information, news and propaganda in foreign policy. Professor Cull has written numerous books and articles on the subject. He is also the President of the International Association for Media and History. http://uscpublicdiplomacy.org/index.php/about/bio_detail/nicholas_cull/
David Earhart lives in Vancouver, Canada. He is the author of Certain Victory: Images of World War II in the Japanese Media , a culmination of nearly twenty years of researching Japanese wartime publications. An expert in this field, Earhart has taught extensively on World War II and modern Japanese culture. He was born in Japan, where he lived for many years working as a professional translator and language instructor.
Dr. Jo Fox is a specialist in the history of film and propaganda in twentieth-century Europe. She is a senior lecturer at the University of Durham in north-east Britain. She is currently writing a biography of the “Father of the Documentary”, Canadian John Grierson, and his influence on early film. http://www.dur.ac.uk/history/staff/profiles/?id=1563
Aristotle A. Kallis is a professor of Modern and Contemporary History. He is a lecturer in European Studies at Lancaster University in Britain. Professor Kallis's area of expertise is European fascism with a particular focus on Germany and Italy He has written several books on the subject. http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/eurolang/profiles/Aristotle-Kallis/ http://us.macmillan.com/author/aristotleakallis
Professor John Meehan is the author of the book The Dominion and the Rising Sun: Canada Encounters Japan, 1929-1941. He has taught history at Campion College at the University of Regina. Professor Meehan also has a diploma in Theology from Oxford University and entered the Jesuit Order in 2000. He just completed a sabbatical in Rome where he was researching his new book about Jesuits in China during the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937 1945).
Dr. Emily Spencer teaches at the University of Northern British Columbia. Her first book, “Lipstick and High Heels: War, Gender and Popular Culture” examined how the Second World War affected images of Canadian women and men in the popular media. http://www.unbc.ca/history/faculty/faculty.html
Professor David Welch is the Director of the Centre for the Study of Propaganda and War at the University of Kent in Britain. His main research interest is in 20th century political propaganda, about which he has written many books. Professor Welch has taught courses on life in the Third Reich. He also convenes a Masters program called War, Media, and Modernity. http://www.kent.ac.uk/history/staff/StaffPages/welch.html