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British Propaganda and News Media in the Cold War$
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John Jenks

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748623143

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623143.001.0001

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Making Peace a Fighting Word

Making Peace a Fighting Word

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(p.114) 7 Making Peace a Fighting Word
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British Propaganda and News Media in the Cold War
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John Jenks

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623143.003.0008

This chapter focuses on the most serious Soviet propaganda challenge in the early Cold War, the peace movement that became the World Peace Council. Peace became a fighting word in the late 1940s. Pro-Soviet partisans fought for peace and built peace fronts, while anti-Soviet forces accused them of peace mongering and tried to counter-attack against the Soviet-backed peace offensive. The Reuters news agency's objective coverage of the peace movement, with factual quotes and descriptions, presented a special problem to the government. By the mid-1950s, a non-aligned peace movement emerged in response to public worry about the next generation of nuclear weapons – the hydrogen bomb – and internal problems in the Communist movement. The Communists must take a large share of the blame for discrediting peace in the 1950s. Anti-Communist forces mobilised considerable power and influence to discredit the Soviet-backed peace movement.

Keywords:   peace, Soviet propaganda, Cold War, World Peace Council, fighting word, hydrogen bomb, Communist movement

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