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Sir Philip Gibbs and English Journalism in War and Peace


  • Contributes to understandings of the role of the war correspondent, and the Press generally, during the tumultuous war years from 1914 to 1918

  • Provides important insights into the origin and role of the press which is significant in any discussion of contemporary war reporting

  • Utilises extensive research conducted in the Gibbs' family archive and British Library newspaper depository, The National Archives and the National Library of Australia


Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media book series (PSHM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxv
  2. Martin C. Kerby
    Pages 1-17
  3. Martin C. Kerby
    Pages 19-57
  4. Martin C. Kerby
    Pages 59-100
  5. Martin C. Kerby
    Pages 101-140
  6. Martin C. Kerby
    Pages 141-195
  7. Martin C. Kerby
    Pages 197-219
  8. Martin C. Kerby
    Pages 221-224
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 225-237

About this book


Sir Philip Gibbs was one of the most widely read English journalists of the first half of the twentieth century. Prior to 1914 he reported on industrial unrest, Ireland, the suffragette movement, royal births, deaths and coronations, the sinking of the Titanic, and the Balkan War in 1912. This coverage of his writing offers a broad insight into British social and political developments, government and press relations, propaganda, and war reporting during the First World War.

As a war correspondent on the Western Front, his articles, which appeared on both sides of the Atlantic, did much to shape civilian attitudes during the First World War and its immediate aftermath. Many critics dismissed Gibbs' work as propaganda and his acceptance of a knighthood in 1920 as a reward. His writing in the post-war years covered the full range of inter-war European politics, the Second World War, and the Cold War.


journalism media war correspondent World War One World War Two Cold War Balkan War censorship propaganda

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Humanities & International StudiesUniversity of Southern QueenslandToowooombaAustralia

About the authors

Martin C. Kerby is Lecturer in the School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia and is also the museum curator and archivist at St Joseph's Nudgee College, Brisbane, Australia. He was recently awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award scholarship, a Queensland Anzac Centenary Grant and an Australian Arts and Culture Grant.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Sir Philip Gibbs and English Journalism in War and Peace
  • Authors Martin C. Kerby
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) if applicable and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-57300-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-84774-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-57301-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXXV, 237
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History, general
    History of Britain and Ireland
    History of Modern Europe
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