Searching for a Cultural Diplomacy

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Jessica C. E. Gienow-Hecht, Mark C. Donfried
Berghahn Books, 15.11.2010 - 278 Seiten
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Recent studies on the meaning of cultural diplomacy in the twentieth century often focus on the United States and the Cold War, based on the premise that cultural diplomacy was a key instrument of foreign policy in the nation's effort to contain the Soviet Union. As a result, the term "cultural diplomacy" has become one-dimensional, linked to political manipulation and subordination and relegated to the margin of diplomatic interactions. This volume explores the significance of cultural diplomacy in regions other than the United States or "western" countries, that is, regions that have been neglected by scholars so far-Eastern Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. By examining cultural diplomacy in these regions, the contributors show that the function of information and exchange programs differs considerably from area to area depending on historical circumstances and, even more importantly, on the cultural mindsets of the individuals involved.

  

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Inhalt

What Are We Searching For? Culture Diplomacy Agents and the State
3
Power Distance and the Promise of Civil Society
13
Part I Cultural Relations and the Soviet Union
31
The Third Dimension of Soviet Foreign Policy
33
Chapter 2 Mission Impossible? Selling Soviet Socialism to Americans 19551958
50
Part II Cultural Diplomacy in Central Europe
73
Echoes of Western Cultural Activity in a Communist Country
75
Chapter 4 Catholics in Ostpolitik? Networking and Nonstate Diplomacy in the Bensberger Memorandum 19661970
109
Part III Cultural Diplomacy in the Middle East
135
Chapter 5 International Rivalry and Culture in Syria and Lebanon under the French Mandate
137
Chapter 6 The United States and the Limits of Cultural Diplomacy in the Arab Middle East 19451957
162
Part IV Civil Society and Cultural Diplomacy in Japan
187
Nitobe Inazo 18621933 and His Generation
189
National Commitments to Cultural Relations within Regional Frameworks
212
Index
241
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Über den Autor (2010)

Jessica C. E. Gienow-Hecht is Professor of History at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies at the Free University of Berlin.

Mark C. Donfried is the founder and director of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization based in New York City. He is currently based at the ICD European Headquarters in Berlin, where he also holds a Visiting Professorship at Humboldt University. His current research and publishing focuses on civil society–based cultural diplomacy.

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