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Cultural Cold Wars and UNESCO in the Twentieth Century

A new book by Emeritus Professor W John Morgan will published in October 2024.

Cultural Cold Wars and UNESCO in the Twentieth Century
 addresses the now considerable interest in the concept of cultural cold war as a means of advancing ideologies. 


The book charts the development of the concept in the 20th century. Structured in two parts, the book first considers the League of Nations idealist attempts at international intellectual cooperation. It discusses also the first cultural cold war with the Communist International’s attempts to advance communism. Also analyses the ideological and cultural appeal of Italian fascism, German national socialism, and Japanese nationalist militarism; and the transition from a wartime alliance to a new cold war. Part Two examines the renewal of international intellectual cooperation through the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in the context of a second cultural cold war between the capitalist democracies and the communist bloc. The book shows that UNESCO became a site of this ideological competition and an example of its tensions.

Based on original research and a comprehensive review of the literature including in Russian, German, and French, the book will appeal to academics, postgraduate researchers, advanced undergraduates, and others interested in recent international history and the comparative politics of ideas.

The book is available for pre-roder on 20 September. Please visit the publisher's website for more information.

Posted on Tuesday 28th May 2024

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