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psychological warfare

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psychological warfare

MILITARY

Definition A psychological weapon used to reduce the resistance of an enemy force, and the civilian population it defends, by influencing their values, beliefs, reasoning, and ultimately, behaviour and response to the propaganda’s originator (i.e., the enemy).

Formats of psychological warfare

• Assimilation  Alexander the Great held on to his territorial gains by co-opting local elites into Greek administration and culture and paying soldiers to marry and breed with local women

• Brainwashing  Enlisting literati Arthur Conan Doyle, Thomas Hardy, Rudyard Kipling, H. G. Wells, to write tracts favouring the originator’s agenda, to be distributed as aerial leaflets (World War I). 

• Terror  Tamerlane, a Mongolian chieftain who took cues from Genghis Khan, built a pyramid of 90,000 human heads in front of the walls of Delhi

Synonyms Hearts and minds, political warfare, propaganda, PSYWAR 

Reference http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychological_warfare

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