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The Diplomacy of Ideas: U.S. Foreign Policy and Cultural Relations, 1938-1950
The Diplomacy of Ideas: U.S. Foreign Policy and Cultural Relations, 1938-1950
By Frank A. Ninkovich
Cambridge University Press, 1981, 253 pp
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The author defines cultural relations as "a specialized form of statecraft concerned with the management of intellectual influences in international politics." He then presents an intelligent and original analysis of the transformation of this statecraft from a generalized and benevolent means of increasing human understanding and the likelihood of peace to an unabashed instrument of national power in a world perceived as harsh and competitive.