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Title Empire of ideas : the origins of public diplomacy and the transformation of U.S. foreign policy / Justin Hart.
Author Hart, Justin.
Publication Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2013]
Copyright date ©2013
Description xii, 278 pages ; 25 cm
Call # 327.73 H
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 243-266) and index.
Summary "Covering the period from 1936 to 1953, Empire of Ideas reveals how and why image first became a component of foreign policy, prompting policymakers to embrace such techniques as propaganda, educational exchanges, cultural exhibits, overseas libraries, and domestic public relations. Draw[s] on official government records and the private papers of top officials in the Roosevelt and Truman administrations, including newly declassified material, .... Beginning with the Buenos Aires Conference in 1936--which grew out of FDR's Good Neighbor Policy toward Latin America:... the book describes how the State Department established the position of Assistant Secretary of State for Public and Cultural Affairs in 1944, with Archibald MacLeish--the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Librarian of Congress--the first to fill the post, whose ideas became central to the evolution of public diplomacy; examines a wide variety of propaganda programs, including the Voice of America, and concludes with the creation of the United States Information Agency in 1953, bringing an end to the first phase of U. S. public diplomacy.--jkt.
Contents Introduction: Image and the origins of U.S. public diplomacy -- "Down with imperialism" : the Latin American origins of U.S. cultural diplomacy -- "The drift of history" : war, culture, and hegemony -- "Projecting America" : propaganda as foreign policy at the Office of War Information -- "Foreign relations, domestic affairs" : the consolidation of U.S. public diplomacy -- "The flat white light" : revolutionary nationalism in Asia and beyond -- "An unfavorable projection of American unity" : McCarthyism and public diplomacy -- Epilogue: The creation of the USIA and the fate of U.S. public diplomacy.
Subject United States -- Relations.
United States -- Foreign relations -- 1933-1945.
United States -- Foreign relations -- 1945-1953.
United States -- Foreign public opinion.
Postcolonialism -- History -- 20th century.
Propaganda, American -- History -- 20th century.
Public relations and politics -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Educational exchanges -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Overseas information libraries -- History -- 20th century.
ISBN 9780199777945 (hardcover : acid-free paper)
0199777942 (hardcover : acid-free paper)

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