By Sarah Ellen Graham

during the 20th century governments got here to more and more have fun with the price of soppy strength to assist them in achieving their international coverage targets. protecting the the most important interval among 1936 and 1953, this publication examines the U.S. government’s adoption of diplomatic courses that have been designed to cajole, tell, and allure international public opinion in help of yank nationwide pursuits. Cultural international relations and foreign info have been deeply debatable to an American public that been bombarded with propaganda through the First international warfare. This ebook explains how new notions of propaganda as reciprocal trade, cultural engagement, and enlightening info cleared the path for ideas in U.S. diplomatic perform. via a comparative research of the nation Department’s department of Cultural kin, the govt radio station Voice of the US, and the multilateral cultural, academic and clinical international relations of Unesco, and drawing widely on U.S. international coverage data, this booklet indicates how America’s liberal traditions have been reconciled with the duty of influencing and attracting publics abroad.

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