Campaigning Culture and the Global Cold War

The Journals of the Congress for Cultural Freedom

Editors: Scott-Smith, Giles, Lerg, Charlotte A. (Eds.)

  • Examines, in detail, all of the main journals of the Congress for Cultural Freedom to provide a comprehensive understanding of the Congress’ cultural message and legacy.
  • Brings together a group of international experts to examine the cultural and political significance of the Congress for Cultural Freedom.
  • Combines the fields of the history of ideas, global history, and the history of the journals, to present a study of the Congress´s global influence and impact.
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About this book

This book explores the lasting legacy of the controversial project by the Congress for Cultural Freedom, funded by the CIA, to promote Western culture and liberal values in the battle of ideas with global Communism during the Cold War.  One of the most important elements of this campaign was a series of journals published around the world: Encounter, Preuves, Quest, Mundo Nuevo, and many others, involving many of the most famous intellectuals to promote a global intellectual community. Some of them, such as Minerva and China Quarterly, are still going to this day. This study examines when and why these journals were founded, who ran them, and how we should understand their cultural message in relation to the secret patron that paid the bills.

About the authors

Giles Scott-Smith holds the Ernst van der Beugel Chair in the Diplomatic History of Transatlantic Relations since WWII at Leiden University, The Netherlands. His previous books include The Politics of Apolitical Culture: The Congress for Cultural Freedom, and CIA, and Postwar American Hegemony (2002).
Charlotte A. Lerg teaches history at the Amerika Institut at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, Germany. She also serves as managing director of the Lasky Center for Transatlantic Studies.

Reviews

“For too long, scholars of the Cultural Cold War have seen the Congress for Cultural Freedom and its journals as a centralized project, with all of its messages and projects emanating from its Paris headquarters (and ultimately from its funders in Washington and London). Campaigning Culture and the Global Cold War provides a welcome corrective to this, and in looking at its many magazines not as mere mouthpieces for the Secretariat but also as expressions of their local cultural, political, and economic situations, this book shows that the CCF’s magazines were genuinely “glocal” publications. This will help us, as well, appreciate these many magazines—which published work by some of the most important writers of the day—as magazines, not just as weapons in a larger geopolitical campaign.” (Greg Barnhisel, Chair of the English Department, Duquesne University, USA)

“Transcending the binary debates of the past, this wonderfully well-conceived and executed collection combines transnational and local perspectives to provide a nuanced, fascinating, and indispensable account of the global Cultural Cold War.” (Hugh Wilford, Professor of U.S. History, California State University, Long Beach, USA)

“For too long, scholars of the Cultural Cold War have seen the Congress for Cultural Freedom and its journals as a centralized project, with all of its messages and projects emanating from its Paris headquarters (and ultimately from its funders in Washington and London). [Title] provides a welcome corrective to this, and in looking at its many magazines not as mere mouthpieces for the Secretariat but also as expressions of their local cultural, political, and economic situations, this book shows that the CCF’s magazines were genuinely “glocal” publications. This will help us, as well, appreciate these many magazines—which published work by some of the most important writers of the day—as magazines, not just as weapons in a larger geopolitical campaign.” (Greg Barnhisel, Chair of the English Department, Duquesne University, USA)

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Introduction: Journals of Freedom?

    Scott-Smith, Giles (et al.)

    Pages 1-24

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  • Science and Freedom: The Forgotten Bulletin

    Wolfe, Audra J.

    Pages 27-44

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  • Consensus, Civility, Community: Minerva and the Vision of Edward Shils

    MacLeod, Roy

    Pages 45-68

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  • Der Monat and the Congress for Cultural Freedom: The High Tide of the Intellectual Cold War, 1948–1971

    Hochgeschwender, Michael

    Pages 71-89

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  • The Difficult Emergence of an ‘Anti-Totalitarian’ Journal in Post-War France: Preuves and the Congress for Cultural Freedom

    Stenger, Nicolas

    Pages 91-106

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eBook 69,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-59867-7
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Hardcover 88,39 €
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-59866-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Campaigning Culture and the Global Cold War
Book Subtitle
The Journals of the Congress for Cultural Freedom
Editors
  • Giles Scott-Smith
  • Charlotte A. Lerg
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-59867-7
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-59867-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-59866-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 331
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