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.
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
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.