The First World War was named by contemporaries the Great War and also the optimistic ‘War to End All Wars’. In addition to the armed dispute, World War I was a symbolic battlefield for social communication. The media were used for propaganda purposes, for contenders to persuade others and persuade themselves of the justness of their cause, stirring the struggle.
This book describes and compares the iconographic coverage of World War I made by three illustrated magazines circulating in Portugal between 1914 and 1918 – Ilustração Portuguesa (Portuguese Illustration), Portugal na Guerra (Portugal in the War) and O Espelho (The Mirror) – and attempts to clarify the reasons presiding the respective discourses. It summarizes three independent and deeper researches about each of those magazines.