Black Watch on the Rhine: A Study in Propaganda, Prejudice and Prurience

@article{Marks1983BlackWO,
  title={Black Watch on the Rhine: A Study in Propaganda, Prejudice and Prurience},
  author={Sally Marks},
  journal={European History Quarterly},
  year={1983},
  volume={13},
  pages={297 - 334}
}
  • Sally Marks
  • Published 1983
  • Sociology
  • European History Quarterly
appealed to western racism, credulity, assumptions of cultural superiority, prurience, and notions of white female purity and frailty. The propaganda routinely portrayed 40,000 black savages roaming the Rhineland at will, raping the women, infecting the population, and polluting the blood. Athough some aspects of this campaign and its effects, notably in Britain and America, have been studied,2 it remains to establish the actual situation in the Rhineland along with the reasons therefor, and to… Expand
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