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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 battle. The publication attracts on various formerly unused fabric from files from throughout Europe and personal memoirs to supply a different perception into the paintings of the best British artists, scientists, musicians and different cultural figures who travelled to Spain, Portugal, Sweden and Turkey at nice own chance to advertise British lifestyles and concept in a time of warfare.

Edward Corse exhibits how the British Council performed a sophisticated yet the most important position in Britain's conflict attempt and attracts jointly the teachings of the British Council adventure to provide a brand new version of cultural propaganda.

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The Council well understood that the cultural events created the perfect excuse for British people to meet with neutral peoples to discuss a wide range of issues. Indeed, it would not really matter what the cultural events actually 36 A Battle for Neutral Europe consisted of and could be lacking in a specific theme (a cocktail party to welcome a particular lecturer to the country was as good a cultural event as an art exhibition or music concert), as long as it achieved the objective of drawing people together.

The British Council’s aim to spread propaganda via word-of-mouth was not a new, nor a unique idea. Bolshevik Agitators had been very active before, during and after the Russian Revolution in 1917.

S. Eliot lectured to them [the Swedes] on “Poetry, Speech, and Music” ’ does not even attempt to describe the impact that his visit made on Swedish opinion. It does not describe the tone of the Council’s work, and how this tone compared with what the Swedes were used to receiving in terms of propaganda from other sources. Nor does it begin to allow the reader to understand how his visit, while not turning the tide of Swedish opinion on its own, was one of many, by a variety of different British personalities, which incrementally accumulated increasing pro-British feeling among the Swedish population.

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