Power and Culture in the West

Christopher Endy

in The Oxford Handbook of the Cold War

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199236961
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191750328 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in History

Power and Culture in the West

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This chapter, which analyzes the Cold War culture in the West, suggests that there are three major forms of western Cold War culture. These include the culture of anti-communist repression, the culture of progressive reform and inclusion, and the culture of popular resistance to elite-driven Cold War mobilization. The chapter provides a definition of culture and “west,” and highlights the role of Catholicism in Latin America in Cold War culture. It also suggests that an analysis of western Cold War culture should start in the mid-1940s when the surge in leftist politics led moderate and conservative elites to pursue appeasement, repression, or a combination of both.

Keywords: Cold War culture; West; anti-communist repression; popular resistance; progressive reform; inclusion; Catholicism; Latin America; leftist politics; appeasement

Article.  8506 words. 

Subjects: Cold War ; European History ; United States History

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