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The US Government, Citizen Groups and the Cold War : The State-Private Network - Helen Laville

The US Government, Citizen Groups and the Cold War

The State-Private Network

By: Helen Laville (Editor), Hugh Wilford (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 9th March 2006
ISBN: 9780415356084
Number Of Pages: 240

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This new book examines the construction, activities and impact of the network of US state and private groups in the Cold War.


By moving beyond state-dominated, 'top-down' interpretations of international relations and exploring instead the engagement and mobilization of whole societies and cultures, it presents a radical new approach to the study of propaganda and American foreign policy and redefines the relationship between the state and private groups in the pursuit and projection of American foreign relations.


In a series of valuable case studies, examining relationships between the state and women's groups, religious bodies, labour, internationalist groups, intellectuals, media and students, this volume explores the construction of a state-private network not only as a practical method of communication and dissemination of information or propaganda, but also as an ideological construction, drawing upon specifically American ideologies of freedom and voluntarism. The case studies also analyze the power-relationship between the state and private groups, assessing the extent to which the state was in control of the relationship, and the extent to which private organizations exerted their independence.


This book will be of great interest to students of Intelligence Studies, Cold War History and IR/security studies in general.

Industry Reviews

'The Cultural Cold War in Western Europe is highly recommended for Cold War
scholars. Most of the contributors offer fresh insights into the nature of what is often
now called the "state-private networks" operating on various levels during the Cold
War. Most of the essays are tightly argued, using primary sources culled from American and European archives. The contributors are rightly unwilling to take official claims of infuence at face value. Thankfully, they eschew the esoteric jargon that all too frequently bedevils cultural studies.'

'This is an excellent, and an excellently conceived and edited, essay collection.' - Cambridge Journal

Introduction : negotiating freedomp. 3
Conceptualising the state-private network in American foreign policyp. 13
Clark Eichelberger and the negotiation of internationalismp. 31
The importance of being (in) earnest : voluntary associations and the irony of the state-private network during the early Cold Warp. 47
From cooperation to covert action : the United States government and students, 1940-52p. 66
Building a community around the Pax Americana : the US government and exchange programmes during the 1950sp. 83
'The finest labour network in Europe' : American labour and the Cold Warp. 100
In search of a clear and overarching American policy : The Reporter magazine (1949-68) and the Cold Warp. 116
Double vision, double analysis : the role of interpretation, negotiation and compromise in the state-private network and British American studiesp. 141
Ambassadors of the screen : film and the state-private network in Cold War Americap. 157
Religious non-profit organisations, the Cold War, the state and resurgent evangelicalism, 1945-90p. 175
'The permanent revolution'? : the New York intellectuals, the CIA and the cultural Cold Warp. 194
Public diplomacy and the private sector : the United States information agency, its predecessors and the private sectorp. 210
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ISBN: 9780415356084
ISBN-10: 0415356083
Series: Studies in Intelligence
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 9th March 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1

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