In order to provide a better understanding of the shifting nature of influence, this volume looks at how the British government employed various forms of persuasion to achieve its goals across the twentieth century. The collection provides a range of case studies to assess how effectively - or ineffectively - influence was brought to bear on an array of non-western societies. This volume will be of interest not only to historians, but to anyone interested in the operation of influence as a foreign policy tool.
’…the volume makes a good contribution to our understanding of British influence, and, by means of considering the volume’s shortcomings and its achievements, it ought to encourage historians to do more to tackle this important topic.’ Twentieth Century British History
Contents: Preface; Introduction, Greg Kennedy and Christopher Tuck; British propaganda and the protection of empire in the Far East, 1933-42, Greg Kennedy; Losing the game: propaganda and influence in the British Raj, 1917-47, Nick Lloyd; Propaganda and counter-propaganda on the Frontier, 1937-43, Christian Tripodi; Palestine 1945-48: policy, propaganda and the limits of influence, Kate Utting; Influence in British colonial Africa, Kate Law and Ashley Jackson; ’Two cheers for democracy’: empire, Cold War and British propaganda in Egypt, 1945-55, James R. Vaughan; British propaganda and information operations against Indonesia, 1963-66, Christopher Tuck; The British brand of anti-imperialism: information policy and propaganda in South Arabia at the end of empire, Spencer Mawby; Rebuilding a relationship: British cultural diplomacy towards China, 1967-80, Priscilla Roberts; Influencing political Islam: moderation, resilience and de-radicalisation in UK domestic counter-terrorism policies, 2005-11, Katherine E. Brown; Select bibliography; Index.