This new book examines the construction, activities and impact of the network of US state and private groups in the Cold War.

By moving beyond state-dominated, ‘top-down’ interpretations of international relations and exploring instead the engagement and mobilization of whole societies and cultures, it presents a radical new approach to the study of propaganda and American foreign policy and redefines the relationship between the state and private groups in the pursuit and projection of American foreign relations.

In a series of valuable case studies, examining relationships between the state and women’s groups, religious bodies, labour, internationalist groups, intellectuals, media and students, this volume explores the construction of a state-private network not only as a practical method of communication and dissemination of information or propaganda, but also as an ideological construction, drawing upon specifically American ideologies of freedom and voluntarism. The case studies also analyze the power-relationship between the state and private groups, assessing the extent to which the state was in control of the relationship, and the extent to which private organizations exerted their independence.

This book will be of great interest to students of Intelligence Studies, Cold War History and IR/security studies in general.

Abbreviations  Editors' preface  Introduction: Negotiating Freedom  Chapter 1. Conceptualising the State-Private Network Chapter 2. Clark Eichelberger and the Negotiation of Internationalism Chapter 3. The Importance of being (in) Earnest Chapter 4. Voluntary Associations Chapter 5. State-Private Network in the Early Cold War From Cooperation to Covert Actions: The United States Government and Students 1940-52 Chapter 6. Building a Community around the Pax Americana: The US Government and Exchange Programmes in the 1950s, Giles Scott-Smith Chapter 7. The Finest Labor Network in Europe’: American Labour and the Cold War Chapter 8. In Search of a Clear and overarching American Policy: The Reporter magazine (1949-1968) and The Cold War Chapter 9. The role of Interpretation, Negotiation and Compromise in the State-Private Network and British American Studies Chapter 10. Ambassadors of the Screen: Film and the State-Private Network in Cold War America Religious Nonprofit Organizations, the Cold War State and Resurgent Evangelicalism, 1845-1990, Chapter 11. Permanent Revolution’? The New York Intellectuals the CIA and the Cultural Cold War Chapter 12. Public Diplomacy and the Private Sector: The United States Information Agency, it’s Predecessors and the Private Sector.