A Battle for Neutral Europe: British Cultural Propaganda during the Second World War

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A&C Black, Dec 18, 2012 - History - 240 pages
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A Battle for Neutral Europe describes and analyses the forgotten story of the British government's cultural propaganda organization, the British Council, in its campaign to win the hearts and minds of people in neutral Europe during the Second World War. The book draws on a range of previously unused material from archives from across Europe and private memoirs to provide a unique insight into the work of the leading British artists, scientists, musicians and other cultural figures who travelled to Spain, Portugal, Sweden and Turkey at great personal risk to promote British life and thought in a time of war.

Edward Corse shows how the British Council played a subtle but crucial role in Britain's war effort and draws together the lessons of the British Council experience to produce a new model of cultural propaganda.
 

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Contents

List of Figures
Introduction 2 Cultural PropagandaTheories and Definitions
Learning fromthe Past Roots and antecedents of theBritish Council in Britain
The British Councils Relationships with Other Organizations
Cultural Propaganda in Action
The View from the Other Side
Towards a Model of Cultural Propaganda
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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About the author (2012)

Edward Corse specializes in the history of propaganda. He has a PhD from the University of Kent's Centre for the Study of Propaganda, War and Society.

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