By Edward Corse
A conflict for impartial Europe describes and analyses the forgotten tale of the British government's cultural propaganda association, the British Council, in its crusade to win the hearts and minds of individuals in impartial Europe throughout the moment global battle. The booklet attracts on a variety of formerly unused fabric from files from throughout Europe and personal memoirs to supply a distinct perception into the paintings of the top British artists, scientists, musicians and different cultural figures who travelled to Spain, Portugal, Sweden and Turkey at nice own probability to advertise British lifestyles and idea in a time of warfare.
Edward Corse exhibits how the British Council performed a sophisticated yet an important position in Britain's warfare attempt and attracts jointly the teachings of the British Council adventure to provide a brand new version of cultural propaganda.
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S. ’ Professor Holford delivered five lectures on British architecture. Dr. ’ Even Iceland was not forgotten. ’ The Council is probably the only institution which has ever been paid by a Government to propagate snobbery. If you don’t believe me, listen to this statement by one of its ex-chairmen: ‘We are not catering for the lower type who might like a cup of cocoa or a singsong. . ’ I know that our export trade is in a dreadful state, but snobbery is the one thing we cannot afford to send abroad.
18 This ruling, however, has to be seen in the wider context of the post-First World War atmosphere. There are three broad points to understand here. First, propaganda had become a dirty word during and particularly soon after the war, largely because of the spread of atrocity stories during the war period which turned out not to be true – exposed more fully by Lord Ponsonby in 1926. Second, there was a lack of money, and a seemingly less urgent need, to spend money on propaganda of any type, when Britain had spent so much of its wealth on winning the war.
America is offering free education in engineering and other departments to South American youths who will go to the United States for three to four years; France has developed an intensive cultural propaganda, sending every year distinguished professors to South America to carry out a course of lectures on literary and scientific subjects. All this intellectual propaganda, or so-called intellectual propaganda, is intended to have, and will have, wide commercial results. 24 D’Abernon would clearly have agreed with Ellul’s and Doob’s proposition that pre- or sub-propaganda was vital for political, and other forms of direct, propaganda to work effectively.
A battle for neutral Europe : British cultural propaganda during the Second World War by Edward Corse