Moulding minds and marketing martyrdom
in Na Fianna Éireann and the Irish Revolution, 1909–23
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This chapter discusses the involvement of Na Fianna Éireann in the production and dissemination of Irish nationalist print propaganda. The term ‘propaganda’ refers to written material intended to influence the attitude and opinion of readers. Members of the Fianna not only helped to create and distribute nationalist print propaganda, such as posters, leaflets and newspapers, but were also the target of propagandist messages designed to influence their personal and political philosophies and by extension their actions. Fianna propaganda was more likely to reinforce or intensify an existing nationalist sentiment rather than convert readers to nationalism. Much of the youth-oriented material under consideration in this chapter was designed to provide an Irish nationalist alternative to popular British publications by subverting the conventions of such literature.


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