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British News Media and the Spanish Civil War

Tomorrow May Be Too Late

David Deacon

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The Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) was reported by some of the most eminent journalists of the twentieth century and was the subject of reportage that still endures in public memory. However, these represent just a small fraction of the total news coverage of the war, raising the possibility that they provide a partial, even atypical, view of the international media's engagement with, and performance in, the conflict. This book provides the most extensive and detailed analysis of the reporting of the conflict ever undertaken, examining the personalities, routines, pressures and structures that shaped news coverage of the war in Britain as it unfolded. The book combines a comprehensive overview of the existing literature on the role of the news media in the conflict, with a vast amount of new evidence, gleaned from the author's detailed investigations in a range of official and media archives.

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Contents

1. An emblematic editorial
2. The Ground Rules: Republican and Nationalist International News Management
3. Eye-Witnesses and 'I' witnesses: Journalists in Spain
4. 'The Aliveness of Speaking Faces': Women Correspondents in the Spanish Civil War
5. Rear-guard Reactions: Governmental and Commercial influence on Spanish Civil War Reporting in Britain
6. Ominous and Indifferent? British Press Coverage of the Spanish Civil War
7. Other Avenues of Spanish News
8. Journalists, Spain and the Propaganda State.

About the Author

David Deacon is Reader in Media and Politics, Department of Social Sciences, Loughborough University.

Reviews

...This is a very significant addition to the literature on interwarjournalism, and it stands as a shining example of methodological rigour in the field of media history.
- Adrian Bingham, Media History
'David Deacon is to be congratulated for this splendid study of British news media reporting of the Spanish Civil War, which combines the historian's concern with detailed analysis of primary and archival sources with the broader sweep of journalism theory, to create a fascinating, scholarly but controversial mix. British News Media and the Spanish Civil War is destined to become a Classic within the literature of journalism studies. It establishes a demanding new benchmark of excellence for the flurry of recent studies of war reporting in Iraq, Afghanistan and other conflict regions.Deacon's eloquent but forensic discussion of the attitudes and experiences of foreign correspondents, the contribution of women correspondents and photojournalists, the propaganda activities of the Republican and nationalist protagonists, as well as the news management activities of the British Government, explains and unravels the various factors which shaped the essentially complex and partisan character of British press coverage of the Spanish Civil War.Deacon's suggestion that journalism may assist historical understanding but that its key concern is 'to influence social and political events', along with his challenge to contemporary ideas concerning the 'mediatization' of politics and conflict, makes this is a highly controversial as well as deeply scholarly book.'
- Bob Franklin, Cardiff University
David Deaon has written a book that is well-researched, clear, provocative and stimulating... a valuable contribution to the burgeoning historiogrpahy of Britain and the Spanish Civil War as well as an insightful media history that throws light on both the contemporary state of British media and its modern development.
- Lewis H. Mates, Contemporary British History
In this brilliant, concise and original study of British and American news media's reporting of the Spanish civil war, David Deacon reveals the extraordinarily rich tapestry of journalistic endeavour which Orwell's quip obscures. Deacon explores the subject thematically and with wonderful imaginative flair.
- Richard Lance Keeble, University of Lincoln, European Journal of Communication
'This book is a deeply researched media history shaped by the eye of a media sociologist. In a lucid and thoughtful account, David Deacon has explored the continuities between past and present. The media coverage of the Spanish civil war still holds lessons for analysing communications in our own war-torn times.'
- Professor Philip Schlesinger, University of Glasgow
This book provides an extensive and detailed analysis of the reporting of the conflict, examining the personalities, routines, pressures and structures that shaped news coverage of the war in Britain as it unfolded. The book combines a comprehensive overview of the existing literature on the role of the news media in the conflict, with a vast amount of new evidence, gleaned from the author's detailed investigations in a range of official and media archives.
- Viewfinder
As well as presenting detailed analysis of British newspapers, Deacon's work samples the full spectrum of British media, effectively blending hard-edged media analysis with detailed cultural history… Deacon's book convincingly presents the 1930s as central to the formation of distinctly modern political practices and sensibilities.
- Ben Harker, University of Salford, Socialist History
[An] excellent and detailed study of British media coverage of the Civil War.
- BRIAN SHELMERDINE, Bulletin of Spanish Studies, Volume LXXXIX, Number 1, 2012

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