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 in the course of the moment international conflict. The ebook attracts on a number formerly unused fabric from records from throughout Europe and personal memoirs to supply a special 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 probability to advertise British lifestyles and suggestion in a time of battle.
Edward Corse indicates how the British Council performed a refined yet an important position in Britain's battle attempt and attracts jointly the teachings of the British Council adventure to provide a brand new version of cultural propaganda.
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Harold Nicolson, the Member of Parliament and someone who later went on lecture tours under the auspices of the British Council, summed up the reason for the delay in an article for the British Council’s 21st anniversary in 1955. His words, even with a bit too much artistic licence, help summarize the situation the British Council found itself in, in the 1930s: In the nineteenth century there may have been some justification for this imperturbability. . . . 39 However, it was as clear to the British Government as it was to many observers, that both the Axis powers and France (first as a British ally, then under the guise of the Vichy Regime) were going to be conducting propaganda abroad in a variety of ways – both politically and culturally.
35 Thierfelder had been sidelined by the Nazis in 1937, and was restricted to only writing publications at this time, so this booklet should be viewed partially as an attempt to reassert his influence in the field of German cultural diplomacy. M. 37 The Council, though feared by the Nazi Government, was clearly not going to be operating in a vacuum in any of the neutral countries in Europe. As the biographer of Lord Lloyd, Colin Forbes Adam, concluded, the British Council’s rise, though helping to promote an understanding of Britain in the period just prior to the war, had not begun early enough to make a real difference immediately.
First, propaganda had become a dirty word during and particularly soon after the war, largely because of the spread of atrocity stories during the war period which turned out not to be true – exposed more fully by Lord Ponsonby in 1926. Second, there was a lack of money, and a seemingly less urgent need, to spend money on propaganda of any type, when Britain had spent so much of its wealth on winning the war. 20 For the Foreign Office, a raw disparity of funding between French, Italian, German and British cultural propaganda was obvious.