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psychological warfareJoe Segen2016-12-25T00:48:49+00:00
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