The French media and the forging of a Franco-British alliance in the late 1930s

Hucker, Daniel (2017) The French media and the forging of a Franco-British alliance in the late 1930s. Media History, 23 (3-4). pp. 330-344. ISSN 1469-9729

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This article explores the interconnections between the media in France and the emergence of a Franco-British alliance on the eve of World War Two, emphasising how newspaper, radio and newsreel coverage helped mould British perceptions of France during the late-1930s. It will argue that British assessments of France, and thus France's potential value as a wartime ally, were influenced greatly by the dominant representations furnished by the media. In 1936, such representations portrayed a polarised France unworthy of British support; by 1939, they depicted a strong and united country of inestimable value to Britain. This transformation was not simply fortuitous; by the late-1930s, French politicians, conscious of the deleterious effect that media representations of a divided France was having on their country’s prestige, endeavoured to transform the media from a symptom of decadence and malaise into a weapon of unity and strength.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Media History on 05.04.2017, available online:
Keywords: France, United Kingdom, Newspapers, Radio, Twentieth Century, War and Society, Edouard Daladier
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities > Department of History
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Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2017 13:59
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 18:41

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