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Titre du document / Document title

Cold War librarianship: Soviet and American library activities in support of national Foreign policy, 1946-1991

Auteur(s) / Author(s)

RICHARDS Pamela Spence ;

Résumé / Abstract

The author examines the international rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War and how ideological premises were used to bring libraries into the conflict. In the aftermath of World War II, the two superpowers were left with international hostilities that carried over into cultural institutions. Libraries served as important tools in the implementation of their respective governments' foreign policy. Instruments used in the Soviet Union were the Ministry of Culture's journal, Bibliotekar', and the Communist party's Comecon (Council for Mutual Economic Assistance). Bibliotekar' targeted public librarians and influenced them against the perceived capitalist agenda of imperialism abroad. As a result, many libraries became involved in a campaign to raise domestic consciousness toward international foreign policy. Comecon concentrated on subsidizing higher education in librarianship to foreign students, and many foreign countries, financed by the Soviet Union, joined in the campaign. The United States was limited in ways to influence library collections. However, the Foreign Agents Registration Act enforced by the U.S. Congress was one way, through U.S. Customs, to stop the flow of Soviet materials into the United States. Another way was through the United States Department of State Libraries (USIS), controlled by the United States Information Agency (USIA). Overseas USIS libraries were forced to support American foreign policy. McCarthyism in America and socialism in Communist countries had a large impact on political agendas. Consequently, political philosophies developed during the Cold War curtailed national library activities and by the same token affected international foreign policy.

Revue / Journal Title

Libraries & culture    ISSN  0894-8631 

Source / Source

Congrès
Books, Libraries, reading, and publishing in the Cold War. International Congerence, Paris , FRANCE (11/06/1998)
2001, vol. 36, no 1 (294 p.)  (bibl.: ref. et notes dissem.), pp. 193-203

Langue / Language

Anglais

Editeur / Publisher

University of Texas Press, Austin, TX, ETATS-UNIS  (1988-2006) (Revue)

Mots-clés anglais / English Keywords

America

;

North America

;

Eurasia

;

Censorship

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Ideology

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Cultural aspect

;

Policy

;

Library

;

Library activity

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Librarianship

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United States

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Russia

;

Mots-clés français / French Keywords

Amérique

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Amérique du Nord

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Eurasie

;

Politique étrangère

;

URSS

;

Années 1946-1991

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Guerre froide

;

Censure

;

Idéologie

;

Aspect culturel

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Politique

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Bibliothèque

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Activité bibliothèque

;

Bibliothéconomie

;

Etats Unis

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Russie

;

Mots-clés espagnols / Spanish Keywords

America

;

America del norte

;

Eurasia

;

Censura

;

Ideología

;

Aspecto cultural

;

Política

;

Biblioteca

;

Actividad biblioteca

;

Biblioteconomía

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Estados Unidos

;

Rusia

;

Localisation / Location

INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 20634, 35400009892879.0160

Nº notice refdoc (ud4) : 14066936



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