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 throughout the moment global warfare. The ebook attracts on various formerly unused fabric from files from throughout Europe and personal memoirs to supply a distinct perception into the paintings of the prime British artists, scientists, musicians and different cultural figures who travelled to Spain, Portugal, Sweden and Turkey at nice own hazard to advertise British lifestyles and notion in a time of battle.
Edward Corse exhibits how the British Council performed a refined yet an important function in Britain's struggle attempt and attracts jointly the teachings of the British Council adventure to provide a brand new version of cultural propaganda.
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By stating a high-level framework such as this, the Council gave itself inherent flexibility. That is not to say that this high-level statement was not important, or that the British Council assumed that its working environment would change so significantly in less than half a decade. However, it made its statement intentionally flexible enough to be applicable to the majority of countries in the world, and gives important clues to the overall strategy that the British Council aimed to follow and the type of person the British Council was aiming at then, and indeed throughout much of its history.
57 Though the war had not changed the aspirations of the Council, the war most definitely changed the extent to which those aspirations were achievable. First, the Council could not operate in what were now enemy countries – Germany first, then Italy and Japan – and had to quickly withdraw operations in countries that were invaded by the Axis powers. Table 1 outlines the institutes that were opened and closed in Europe during the war period. It shows that the Council’s work ceased in the institutes it had already established in Poland, Italy, Yugoslavia, Greece, Bulgaria Learning from the Past 33 and Romania in quick succession as those countries were invaded or submitted to Axis influence.
The Council has often been under pressure throughout its history with regard to the image of Britain that it is trying to promote, usually from those areas of society which do not feel they are being adequately represented by the Council, or think other areas of society are being over-represented. In the following chapter, this issue will be explored in detail with regard to how the Council dealt with the competing array of interests that were vying for influence. This will particularly reference the criticisms levelled by Lord Beaverbrook, both newspaper proprietor and Minister of Aircraft Production (May 1940–May 1941) – and a former Minister of Information from the First World War period.
A battle for neutral Europe : British cultural propaganda during the Second World War by Edward Corse