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Liberal Whispers and Propaganda Fears

The American Jewish Committee and Israel’s Palestinian Minority, 1948–1966

Geoffrey P. Levin

-Gurion, the first reason for raising the issue was the AJC’s interest “in human rights for everyone and therefore also the human rights of Arab minorities in Israel.” Engel then noted a second reason—that “Arab propaganda is making a great point of the

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“Save the Men!”

Demographic Decline and the Public Response in the Late Soviet Period

Tricia Starks

care propaganda of all types and in an environment of increasing material comfort for Soviet citizens (see figure 1 ). Yet even as a new era of plenty emerged for Soviet citizens, disquiet over Soviet performance as an economic, military, and

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Shay Hazkani

This article explores themes in the political education and indoctrination of soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) during the 1948 War. It argues that the army command attempted to advance the notion that a form of militarism rooted in Judaism was the only way to win the war. Education officers explained to soldiers that 'the Jewish tradition' sanctioned the eradication of the invading armies and indifference to the fate of Palestinians. The article also traces the influence of Abba Kovner's lurid propaganda on the rest of the IDF's education apparatus. Kovner, the education officer of the Givati Brigade, believed that hate propaganda made killing the enemy easier, and his views were shared by many other education officers who saw his work as a road-map for the entire military. Nevertheless, there were some officers who opposed his work out of fear for the consequences that it would have on the future of Israeli society.

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Where going back is a step forward

The re-traditionalising of sport games in post-Soviet Buriatiia

Stefan Krist

After a brief description of how Soviet policy influenced and changed the centuries-old traditional Buriat sports holiday called Surkharban, this paper discusses the changes that this festivity has been undergoing since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Under Soviet rule, this annual holiday, earlier linked to religious rituals, became secularised. Party and State propaganda infiltrated the event in a variety of ways and international rules were adopted for the games. The last 15 years have seen a reversal of this process, leading to a stormy re-traditionalisation of the holiday in general and of the games in particular. However, this did not occur in a uniform manner and is still far from being completed. On the contrary, the author has been observing a wide spectrum of local variants and new changes every year. He analyses the ways in which Buriat sports games are performed and how these public events mirror the manifold socioeconomic and political developments in post-Soviet Buriatiia.

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Israel Goes to the Polls

The Road to Elections for the Constituent Assembly, 1948–1949

Meir Chazan

provocative example was published in a propaganda leaflet titled Niv Hahayal (The Soldier’s Expression), which was distributed by Mapai in early January. In it, pictures of Begin and Mussolini raising their arms were juxtaposed under the heading “The same

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Rebranding Desolation

The Allure of Israel’s Desert Landscapes

Amelia Rosenberg Weinreb

critical perspective of the same landscape transformation, quotes a Zionist farmer and writer who recognized in 1914 that “from the first moment of the Zionist idea, the Zionist propaganda described the land to which we were headed as desolate and forsaken

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Nissim Leon, Judy Baumel-Schwartz, Amir Paz-Fuchs and Roy Kreitner

it was, because no institution could actually enforce it. But the means of coercion, in the sense of effective community pressure, did exist and were thoroughly exploited by the nascent state. Propaganda and education mixed promiscuously, targeting

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Siberian Newspapers of the Russian Empire and USSR Periods

Issues of Conservation, Digitization, and Scientific Use

Viacheslav Shevtsov

truth) in Barnaul, Vostochno-Sibirskaia pravda (Eastern Siberian truth) in Irkutsk and others. Their main task was to distribute political propaganda and ideologically influence citizens during the “building of socialism” in the USSR. Newspapers and

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Vilhjalmur Stefansson

The Northward Course of Empire, The Adventure of Wrangel Island, 1922–1925, and “Universal Revolution”

Paul Dukes

language. Their words are misrepresented, and have reactions, evil instead of good. They are suspected of selfish and sly propaganda. Yet, all the time, the supposed propaganda was launched in perfect good faith, and without a thought of taking advantage

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Osnat Roth-Cohen and Yehiel Limor

, also known as the Great War. Propaganda methods that had previously been employed only in civilian life were adopted by both the state and military. Placing them in the service of the war effort proved that content and the conveyance of messages were