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The CIA, the British Left and the Cold War : Calling the Tune? - Hugh Wilford

The CIA, the British Left and the Cold War

Calling the Tune?

By: Hugh Wilford, David Caute (Foreword by)

Hardcover Published: 30th August 2003
ISBN: 9780714654355
Number Of Pages: 328

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During the late 1940s the newly created CIA, in a loose alliance with anti-communist intellectuals and trade unionists, launched a massive, clandestine effort to win the Cold War allegiance of the European left. Drawing on numerous personal interviews and document collections on both sides of the Atlantic, this book examines in detail the origins of the CIA's covert campaign and assesses it's impact on the US's principal Cold War ally, Britain, focusing particularly on attempts to combat communist penetration of British trade unions, stimulate support within the Labour party for key American strategic aims, such as European union, and influence the politics of Bloomsbury "literati."
The results of this secret intervention were complex and far-reaching. CIA support for such ventures as the Congress for Cultural Freedom and its London-based magazine, "Encounter," subtly transformed the political culture of the British left, making it more Atlanticist and less socialist. In other ways, however, the hidden hand of American intelligence failed to control its British "assets," whose behaviour often frustrated their secretive patrons in Washington. For that matter, not even the CIA's agents on the American non-communist left proved reliable instruments of its will.

Co-Series Editor's Prefacep. vii
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xii
List of Abbreviationsp. xiv
Introductionp. 1
Postwar Possibilitiesp. 17
The Third Force Revisited: The British Left and IRDp. 48
CIA and NCLp. 82
A Case Study: The New Leader and the Cultural Cold Warp. 122
Labor Diplomacyp. 158
Unwitting Assets? British Intellectuals and the Congress for Cultural Freedomp. 193
The CIA, the European Movement and Bilderbergp. 225
The Uses of Encounterp. 262
Conclusionp. 297
Referencesp. 302
Indexp. 317
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ISBN: 9780714654355
ISBN-10: 0714654353
Series: Cass Series--Studies in Intelligence
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 30th August 2003
Publisher: F CASS PUBN
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.68
Edition Number: 1