I chose the five German posters from the Second World War because they portray the motivations and perceptions of the Nazi government that was developing and circulating these posters. I chose the posters because they portray the Nazi state as the victim rather than as the aggressor. As the Nazi state was the only one propagating the victim mentality, there was a need to defend this way of thinking to keep the public motivated and committed to the German position in the war. The posters were designed to raise the spirits of the population and to inspire them to become united under the Nazi government to defend the interests of the state.
German aggression during the Second World War was primarily driven by the sense of national defeat and humiliation that the country had felt after it was stripped of parts of its territory and armed forces after its defeat in the First World War. The country also entered difficult financial times in the following period because of the heavy reparations that it had to make to other countries. I chose these posters because more than painting the horrors and images of the War, these posters were created to raise the spirits of the German people so that they would stand up to regain what had been unjustly taken away from them. Thus, the German people would get back their due status in the European state system and they would be recognized as a leading power at par with France, United Kingdom and other powers of the day.
The five posters chosen from the World War II posters printed in the United States are selected because they reflect the most important concerns that the Americans had at the time they were entering the Second World War. In the initial years of the War, the Americans had no intention of joining the War because they viewed it as taking place solely on the Eurasian continent.