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Toby C. Rider

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040238

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040238.001.0001

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The Cold War, Propaganda, and the State–Private Network

The Cold War, Propaganda, and the State–Private Network

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Cold War Games

Toby C. Rider

University of Illinois Press

This chapter traces the reemergence of the U.S. psychological warfare apparatus—particularly propaganda—during the Cold War. Though widely deployed during the Second World War, these methods were initially held back in its aftermath. Nevertheless, the machinery for psychological warfare was designed, built, and refined under the presidency of Harry S. Truman and eagerly molded by his successor, Dwight Eisenhower. That both administrations decided to pour time and energy into propaganda also reveals much about the history of the twentieth century. This chapter maps out the United States' use of propaganda and psychological warfare in the years leading up to and during the Cold War. In addition, it also examines the U.S. government's use of private businesses, groups, and organizations to support U.S. foreign policy objectives.

Keywords:   propaganda, psychological warfare, Cold War, state–private network, U.S. foreign policy

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