The Cold War era was one of intense diplomatic, proxy, and global conflict between the two binary superpowers of the United States and the Soviet Union, each seeking to make wins on each other through any means possible, including things like the space race, arms build up, and regular propaganda. Examine the two Soviet propaganda posters and answer the following questions in complete sentences. Each question should have support for your position. When you are done, comment on the arguments made by two of your colleagues. About 300 worlds
- What were the primary Soviet critiques of the United States, and what symbols did these posters use to communicate them?
- Is there value in studying a rival’s propaganda against your own country, and how effective is propaganda. Where do we see the same tools and tactics that make propaganda effective in our daily lives?
- Propaganda like this shaped the Soviet people’s view of the United States. Imagine you are an American – how would you explain the criticisms leveled in these posters to a Soviet citizen?