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Critical comparison and examination of the language used by George W. Bush and Urban II to declare the *war on terror' and the first crusade

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Essay aus dem Jahr 2011 im Fachbereich Medien / Kommunikation - Medien und Politik, Pol. Kommunikation, Note: 1,0, University of Lincoln (Media and Humanities), Veranstaltung: Conflict Reporting, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: “This is a new kind of – a new kind of evil. And the American people are ...
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Autor: Urs Endhardt
Anbieter: Grin Verlag
Sprache: Deutsch
EAN: 9783656018087
Veröffentlicht: 29.09.2011
Format: PDF
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Essay aus dem Jahr 2011 im Fachbereich Medien / Kommunikation - Medien und Politik, Pol. Kommunikation, Note: 1,0, University of Lincoln (Media and Humanities), Veranstaltung: Conflict Reporting, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: “This is a new kind of – a new kind of evil. And the American people are beginning to understand. This crusade, this war on terrorism .is going to take a while.” US-President George W. Bush, . September 2001 (The White House 2001) “An accursed race, a race utterly alienated from God (...) has invadedthe lands of those Christians (...).Brethren, we ought to endure muchsuffering for the name of Christ (…)”Pope Urban II,November 1095 (Halsall 1997)I chose this introduction for my comparison and examination because it shows in a good way, how similar the speech patterns of leaders, who are separated by nearly a millennium, can still be. With this essay I want to find out, whether there are more similarities in the declarations of war of those two powerful leaders. If so, I want to compare the propaganda methods they employed, and elaborate what their intention to use them was. I will separate between the speech that is directed towards the audience, the words that describe the enemy, and the general techniques that are used to bring people to action. I will look at the five major speeches that George Bush gave from the terrorist attacks of 9/11 until the declaration of war against Afghanistan. Concerning Urban, I will examine five different surviving versions of his speech at the Council of Clermont in 1095. The authenticity of these five versions, which all stem from different chroniclers, is disputed among historians. Yet, most agree that there are also congruities that appear in all the different versions. And even if the words handed down to us are not all Urban’s II, they still show the effect his speech had on the chroniclers and therefore figuratively on the people.
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