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Introduction

John Jenks

in British Propaganda and News Media in the Cold War

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780748623143
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651344 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623143.003.0001
Introduction

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The history of censorship, propaganda and media during the Cold War has generated a number of different currents and sub-fields, though the interdisciplinary work necessary for the field has not developed as vigorously as it should have. This book starts with a quick sketch of Britain's news strengths and weaknesses in the years preceding the Cold War, and explores the creation and maintenance of a Cold War consensus and borders of acceptable discourse. It then investigates the creation and operation of the main covert propaganda agency, the Information Research Department, and three cases in depth: the denigration of the Soviet-backed peace movement, use of Soviet defectors in propaganda and the campaign to expose the USSR's system of forced labour. Finally, an overview of the chapters included in the book is provided.

Keywords: news media; Cold War; censorship; propaganda; Britain; Information Research Department; Soviet defectors; USSR

Chapter.  4653 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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