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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

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

John Jenks

Edinburgh University Press

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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