Britain, America, and anti-communist propaganda, 1945-53: the Information Research Department

Defty, Andrew (2004) Britain, America, and anti-communist propaganda, 1945-53: the Information Research Department. Cass series: Studies in intelligence . Routledge, Abingdon. ISBN 9780714654430

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Abstract

In the Cold War battle for hearts and minds Britain was the first country to formulate a coordinated global response to communist propaganda. In January 1948, the British government launched a new propaganda policy designed to ‘oppose the inroads of communism by taking the offensive against it.’ A small section in the Foreign Office, the innocuously titled Information Research Department (I.R.D.), was established to collate information on communist policy, tactics and propaganda, and coordinate the discreet dissemination of counter-propaganda to opinion formers at home and abroad. This study examines the development of Britain’s anti-communist propaganda policy and apparatus at the start of the Cold War and the coordination of this propaganda with Britain’s principal Cold War ally, the United States.

Item Type:Book or Monograph
Keywords:Propaganda
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V147 Modern History 1950-1999
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V271 International History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V146 Modern History 1920-1949
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:814
Deposited By: Bev Jones
Deposited On:18 May 2007
Last Modified:17 Jul 2014 11:51

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