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The newspaper publisher and later Imperial Postmaster Johann Wetzel estimated that during the Thirty Years’ War, a major newspaper had a fighting power of 20,000 men.1 That was an equation repeated often after the media revolution of the 17th century. Indeed, Erich Ludendorff – from 1916 on the real leader of the entire German war effort – agreed with one of the leading British propagandists when he referred to the propaganda battles of the First World War: “Lord Northcliffe was not wrong when he stated that t…

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Jeismann, Michael, “Propaganda”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 04 October 2023 <>
First published online: 2015

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