Depicting the enemy

When teaching or learning about World War One, it is easy to focus on the British experience. However depictions of the enemy in propaganda played a major role in motivating troops and civilians in all the fighting nations. For different countries, the reality of the enemy was either very close or far away. In this lesson students will be introduced to the various ways in which the enemy (including Britain for some countries) was viewed. Students will explore how propaganda about opponents is used to motivate the soldiers and civilians during wartime. They will also reflect on the impact of this on long-term attitudes towards different countries.