Britain, America and Anti-Communist Propaganda 1945-53: The Information Research Department, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Britain, America and Anti-Communist Propaganda 1945-53

The Information Research Department, 1st Edition

By Andrew Defty


312 pages

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In the Cold War battle for hearts and minds Britain was the first country to formulate a coordinated global response to communist propaganda. In January 1948, the British government launched a new propaganda policy designed to 'oppose the inroads of communism' by taking the offensive against it.' A small section in the Foreign Office, the innocuously titled Information Research Department (IRD), was established to collate information on communist policy, tactics and propaganda, and coordinate the discreet dissemination of counter-propaganda to opinion formers at home and abroad.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Historians, the media and British Cold War propaganda 1. The Origins of Britain's Anti-Communist Propaganda Policy, 1945-47 2. Launching the New Propaganda Policy, 1948 3. Building a Concerted Counter-offensive: Co-operation with other powers 4. Close and Continuous Liaison: British and American co-operation, 1950-51 5. A Global Propaganda Offensive: Churchill and the revival of political warfare 6. A New Strategy of Political Warfare

About the Author

Andrew Defty was awarded his Ph.D by the University of Salford in 2002. He is a graduate of Salford's MA in Inrelligence and International Relations, and has lectured on intelligence, US-UK relations and the Cold War. this is his first book. He has published articles in the journal Intelligence and National Security and is editor of the newsletter of the Security and Intelligence Studies Group (SISG).

About the Series

Studies in Intelligence

The growing interest in intelligence activities and the opening of hitherto closed archives since the end of the Cold War has stimulated this series of scholarly monographs, wartime memoirs and edited collections. With contributions from leading academics and prominent members of the intelligence community, this series has quickly become the leading forum for the academic study of intelligence.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General