Media, Propaganda, Consensus and the Soviet Union, 1941–8

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:
Media, Propaganda, Consensus and the Soviet Union, 1941–8

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This chapter investigates the gyrations of British propaganda and media from the 1941 forging of the Anglo-Soviet alliance, through the wartime honeymoon and into the post-war deterioration of the relationship, and also addresses Britain's acknowledgement of a Cold War in January 1948. The Foreign Office thought that the regular flow of news from the upcoming Paris Peace Conference would continue the trend and do much of the anti-Soviet work for them. The failure of the London Conference of Foreign Ministers in late 1947 was the justification and signal for the new policy. By early 1948, the British news media had created a frame in which the Soviet Union was a brutal, untrustworthy adversary, which shaped the news that created the Cold War consensus. At that point, the government created the Information Research Department to spread this consensus overseas and reinforce it at home.

Keywords: British propaganda; British news media; Anglo-Soviet alliance; Cold War; Foreign Office; Foreign Ministers; Information Research Department

Chapter.  8018 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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