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  1. A family that is closely linked with the US authorities
    1. A strong commitment to the American political and economic life
    2. The incarnation of the "model family" in the American myth of the Kennedys
  2. A controversial ?clan?
    1. The hidden faces of the Kennedy clan
    2. The end of a myth?

"Propaganda is the opposite of artillery: the heavier it is, the less it wears", Jean Giraudoux. This quote highlights the complexity and subtlety of the propagandists' devices. It was analyzed beyond the usual stereotypes. Webster defines propaganda as "ideas, facts or allegations aired in a specific purpose as to engage an opposite cause." The propaganda in the inter-war years was practiced by everyone, but what characterized totalitarian propaganda was its intensity, its duration and its incredible degree of organization; in other words, its institutionalization in political systems. These devices obtained results which were as good as they were formidable. This period was indeed marked by the rise of totalitarian regimes, which captured a political space left by divided and weakened democracies. Hitler's Germany and Stalin's USSR succeeded in a short space of time. The feat of winning at the heart of the international system was striking for its brevity (less than a quarter of a century), and then these countries seemed doomed to play only a peripheral role until after the First World War. The propaganda to which these two actors resorted to, to consolidate their national unity can establish the link between domestic and external weight in international relations, which is essential in any historical analysis. How did these respective propagandas from the countries in 1918, help build two powerful states which were ready to enter the Second World War?

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