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In war, truth dies first. For the powerful, the battlefield serves as a stage for heroic narratives. The enemy mutates from a human being into a monster. Lies serve to justify bloodshed, to disguise one's own motives, and sometimes even to turn defeat into victory.

John A. Kantara proves that lies have always been part of warfare. In doing so, war propaganda makes use of the technical possibilities of the time. To spread one's truth, all means are used: from paintings to photographs to television images and social media posts. Today, anyone can become a war correspondent. But the abundance of data leads to an illusion of transparency; truth is hardly verifiable.