Being Beastly to the Germans: Music, censorship and the BBC in World War II

  title={Being Beastly to the Germans: Music, censorship and the BBC in World War II},
  author={Robert J. Mackay},
  journal={Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television},
  pages={513 - 525}
  • R. Mackay
  • Published 1 October 2000
  • History, Political Science
  • Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television
Modern war demands that the enemy be seen as the standard-bearer of barbarism. It follows that his ‘culture’ is held to be tainted and consequently becomes a target of disparaging propaganda. Thus in Britain was the spirit of militarism sought and found in German music and attempts were made (as in the 1914 Promenade Concerts season) to ban its performance. By 1939, as war again threatened, the potential for cultural warfare had been greatly increased by a signiŽ cant technological and social… 
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