by Caitlyn Holroyd

With the Olympics winding down and Canadian pride at it’s highest, CBC will be premiering a new six-part series next week to show how WWII has helped shape the lives of Canadians born in the last half century—a war that we owe much of our country’s pride and freedom to.

Narrated by George Stroumboulopoulos and featuring many historical images and stories never shown on Canadian television, Love, Hate & Propaganda looks at the psychology of war and how propaganda was used to sell WWII. This was the first war to use mass media and many leaders began to understand how propaganda could be used as an emotional weapon to sway citizens—the most notorious example being Nazi Germany.

The first episode, premiering March 4 at 9 p.m. will look at how Adolph Hitler, Benito Mussolini and Joseph Stalin each used propaganda to gain power and persuade their citizens to go to war. It will also look at individuals who were caught up in propaganda and the impact it had on their lives.