A funny propaganda poster from the era of the French Revolution

Feb 2017
197
Devon, UK
#21
I didn't notice the price. How do you get people to buy propaganda? Don't you pretty much have to give it away to ensure maximum distribution?

I don't know what literacy rates were like at that time and place. Probably still some illiteracy at the lowest levels of society, but this doesn't seem aimed at the upper classes. It's too crude. You might be right. Three pence might suggest some stake in the system.
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This is how it was given away. 'The Printshp Window' by Thomas Rowlandson, who also produced the print under discussion.
 

Chlodio

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Aug 2016
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#22
The status quo in Britain. The British aristocracy/elites/establishment feared the French Revolution would spread to Britain so they put out propaganda showing that Britain was better than France therefore the British people should leave Britain as it was. That's why the propaganda made those aristocracy-friendly comparisons: inheritance, protection of property, and independence are contrasted with equality and ingratitude. National prosperity is mentioned in Britain without any promise of private prosperity, but in France they supposedly have both national and private ruin.
 
Sep 2016
1,127
Georgia
#24
The status quo in Britain. The British aristocracy/elites/establishment feared the French Revolution would spread to Britain so they put out propaganda showing that Britain was better than France therefore the British people should leave Britain as it was.
Not just aristocracy, but most importantly Bourgeoisie. Britain really was better than France at that time. In England rise of Bourgeois elements happened throughout the centuries and they were able to protect their interests.

Whigs drew support from the emerging industrial interests and wealthy merchants, for example.

In France Bourgeoisie were able to finally attain political power and defend their interests only with Revolution. During Estates General in 1789 the Third Estate was represented by Bourgeois elements. Half were well-educated lawyers or local officials. Nearly a third were in trades or industry and 51 were wealthy land owners.
 
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Sep 2016
1,127
Georgia
#26
The status quo in Britain. The British aristocracy/elites/establishment feared the French Revolution would spread to Britain so they put out propaganda showing that Britain was better than France therefore the British people should leave Britain as it was.
Not just aristocracy, but most importantly Bourgeoisie. Britain really was better than France at that time. In England rise of Bourgeois elements happened throughout the centuries and they were able to protect their interests.
House of Commons was established in 1341 and it grew stronger during the next few centuries.


Whigs drew support from the emerging industrial interests and wealthy merchants, for example.

In France Bourgeoisie were able to finally attain political power and defend their interests only with Revolution. During Estates General in 1789 the Third Estate was represented by Bourgeois elements. Half were well-educated lawyers or local officials. Nearly a third were in trades or industry and 51 were wealthy land owners.

Not to mention, that France was going to be Constitutional monarchy according to 1791 Constitution. In 1793 French executed their King.
 
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Chlodio

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Quote WhatanArtist: "To be honest, basically all of those points against the French Revolution are valid, except maybe "idleness" - one thing no one can deny is how active and determined the French were in their revolutionary activities. Not sure what the intended point was there. "

Looking at this poster as I am, through the eyes of the British aristocracy, one of the ways the aristocracy justifies their existence is the belief that without them there would be no one to tell the common people what to do. So if the French Revolution got rid of the French aristocracy, then logically, according to the British aristocracy, the French common people must be standing around doing nothing.
 

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