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 through the moment global conflict. The ebook attracts on a variety of formerly unused fabric from documents from throughout Europe and personal memoirs to supply a special 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 threat to advertise British lifestyles and notion in a time of warfare.
Edward Corse indicates how the British Council performed a refined yet the most important function in Britain's struggle attempt and attracts jointly the teachings of the British Council adventure to supply a brand new version of cultural propaganda.
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It is common ground that more active propaganda by England is required, but propaganda needs not only to be more active but more subtle. The ‘puff ’ direct is not sufficient, you have to begin further back; you must train your public to appreciate English taste and English goods. For this purpose, cultural influence is also important. Other nations are working hard in this direction. 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.
Labour MPs had to work with what existed in the mid-1930s. To examine this paradox in detail would take this book off at a tangent and out of its scope of concentrating on the war period. However, the important point to note here is that all political parties supported the British Council and clearly saw value in the Council having the aim purportedly of targeting elites for foreign countries and to spread British high culture abroad. So what value was there in targeting the elites? Concentrating on the elites had a number of advantages.
30 All of these cultural organizations had been established prior to the British Council’s inauguration in December 1934 and so the Council was always playing a game of catch-up in fighting Britain’s corner. 31 Admittedly, it had a lot more of Europe available in which it could operate, and most of it was not neutral territory, but still it gives a good feel for the extent of the German cultural propaganda at this time. 32 The Germans had been heavily influenced by the French model of first promoting its language, with the aim of following that knowledge of its language abroad with the promotion of other forms of its culture.
A battle for neutral Europe : British cultural propaganda during the Second World War by Edward Corse