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Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



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Jonathan Petropoulos

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This thesis focuses on the rise and the success of propaganda media during the Third Reich in Germany. It will specifically focus on three accomplished scholars who have extensive knowledge of Nazi Germany, media theory, or both: Hannah Arendt, Marshall McLuhan, and David Welch. Each of these scholars come from diverse backgrounds and time periods, yet reach similar conclusions when discussing propaganda media, specifically during the Third Reich. This thesis aims to examine the circumstances and diverse strategies employed by the Nazis in their successful propaganda campaigns by delving into the works of three scholars with a variety of perceptions. It additionally seeks to identify shared, overarching themes that emerge when these scholars analyze the intersection of media, specifically modern media, and Nazi propaganda. While not all three scholars concentrate their work on both modern media and Nazi propaganda, their individual analyses of either subject enable this thesis to extend the conceptual framework to encompass each area separately.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.