Start date:
October 2017
End date:
April 2022

The research context is the post-1945 Cultural Cold War. There is a considerable literature on the USA and its agencies, such as the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA); and to a lesser extent on the Soviet Union and agencies such as the Communist Information Bureau (Cominform). The use of the United Nations and UNESCO in this ideological struggle, using propaganda, 'soft power' or cultural diplomacy, exploiting the arts, sciences, and intellectual life, has been neglected. The project considers this through a critical review of secondary literature and original archival research. It clarifies and makes coherent a key issue, identifying lessons for today.

Research team
John Morgan
Honorary Professor and Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow
Cardiff University

Journal Articles
Book review: The lands in between: Russia vs. the West and the new politics of hybrid war
Book review in Eurasian Geography and Economics journal. The lands in between: Russia vs. the West and the new politics of hybrid war by Mitchell A. Orenstein, New York, USA, Oxford University Press, 2019, ISBN 978-0-19-093614-3 The author is a professor of Russian and East...
Journal Articles
Play, Sport, and Dialogue as Pathways to Peace?
Peace Review 32(4) pp 434-440 How can play, sport, and dialogue may be used as pathways to peace? In the pioneering classic of cultural history, Homo Ludens, the Dutch historian Johan Huizinga describes play as an informal voluntary activity according to guided rules...
Journal Articles
Book review: Communist parties revisited: sociocultural approaches to party rule in the Soviet bloc 1956–1991
Eurasian Geography and Economics, 2021, ahead-of-print, 1-3 This is a valuable, informative, and timely book. The historical period it considers, 1956–1991, was one in which the communist parties of Central and Eastern Europe ruled, apparently as passive satellite...

Themes: Civil Society