Cold War on the Airwaves: The Radio Propaganda War against East Germany

Cold War on the Airwaves: The Radio Propaganda War against East Germany


Founded as a counterweight to the Communist broadcasters in East Germany, Radio within the American region (RIAS) grew to become the most winning public details operations performed opposed to the Soviet Bloc. chilly conflict at the Airwaves examines the Berlin-based organization's background and impression at the political worldview of the people--and government--on the opposite aspect of the Iron Curtain. Nicholas Schlosser attracts on broadcast transcripts, inner memoranda, listener letters, and surveys by means of the U.S. details supplier to profile RIAS. Its venture: to undermine the German Democratic Republic with propaganda that, sarcastically, won in efficiency through obeying the principles of aim journalism. all through, Schlosser examines the friction inherent in one of these contradictory venture and propaganda's position in shaping political tradition. He additionally portrays how RIAS's essentially German employees stimulated its outlook and the way the association either competed opposed to its competitors within the GDR and driven communist officers to change their equipment for you to hold listeners. From the career of Berlin in the course of the airlift to the development of the Berlin Wall, chilly warfare at the Airwaves deals an soaking up view of the way public international relations performed out at a flashpoint of East-West tension.

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