The more things change….

> Within the past week I discovered that we have a really nice collection of propaganda (posters and pamphlets) from the era of the World Wars (I and II). Here is an odd little pamphlet entitled The commercial future of Baghdad (London, 1917). The first paragraph is a haunting echo of our current propaganda:

“The proclamation of General Sir Stanley Maude, the victor of Baghdad, to the people of that ancient city of the East is certain to make a profound impression. He points out to the Arabs that the British troops have come, not as conquerors or enemies, but as liberators, who will help the people to restore their land, so long made desolate by their oppressors, the Turks, to something like its old time prosperity and splendour.”

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