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Christopher R. Moran and Christopher J. Murphy

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748646272

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748646272.001.0001

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The Culture of Funding Culture

The Culture of Funding Culture

The CIA and the Congress for Cultural Freedom

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(p.47) Chapter 2 The Culture of Funding Culture
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Intelligence Studies in Britain and the US
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Eric Pullin

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748646272.003.0003

This chapter reviews historians' assessment of the circuitous and exciting story of the relations between the CIA and the Congress for Cultural Freedom (CCF). These historians have been limited in their ability to explore the topic fully, because the CIA's documents regarding covert funding of the CCF remain closed. In assessing this connection, historians have divided historiographical considerations into three main categories: first, the question of how to judge the CIA–CCF collaboration; second, the reasons why the CIA and the CCF chose to collaborate with one another; and finally, the degree to which the CIA controlled or influenced the activities of the CCF's intellectuals. Despite lively and substantive disagreements, it appears that these historians' work maintains a high degree of interdependence. Even as one historian challenges the conclusions of another, there is genuine acknowledgement that previous historical work has proved indispensable for moving the study of the CIA's largest covert operation forwards.

Keywords:   Congress for Cultural Freedom, obstructionism, information access, Cold War, historians, intelligence, covert operations

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