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Empire of Pictures: Global Media and the 1960s Remaking of American Foreign Policy

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Volume 8

Explorations in Culture and International History

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Empire of Pictures

Global Media and the 1960s Remaking of American Foreign Policy

Sönke Kunkel

276 pages, 15 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78238-842-5 $130.00/£92.00 Hb Published (December 2015)

ISBN  978-1-78920-057-7 $34.95/£24.00 Pb Not Yet Published (November 2018)

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Reviews

“… fascinating and easy to read, well researched and nicely illustrated. Kunkel has made a very good contribution to the still growing field of visual history.” • H-Soz-Kult

“[This study] provides a cogent history of how US policymakers came to understand the importance of the image to building and consolidating post-Second World War global rule. Offering what he terms ‘a sensory history of American empire’, Kunkel documents how pictures worked to facilitate American empire building – and then, by the late 1960s, how pictures helped to undermine that very process.” • Journal of Contemporary History

“I very much enjoyed reading this book—I found it compelling, original in approach, and steeped in fascinating historical detail. It places the symbolic and emotional power of images at the heart of a study into U.S. public diplomacy, but also internationalizes a visual history which takes the spotlight away from the more familiar American domestic media.” • Katy Parry, University of Leeds

Description

In Cold War historiography, the 1960s are often described as a decade of mounting diplomatic tensions and international social unrest. At the same time, they were a period of global media revolution: communication satellites compressed time and space, television spread around the world, and images circulated through print media in expanding ways. Examining how U.S. policymakers exploited these changes, this book offers groundbreaking international research into the visual media battles that shaped America's Cold War from West Germany and India to Tanzania and Argentina.

Sönke Kunkel is Professor of North American History at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies at the Free University of Berlin. His publications include two edited volumes and numerous essays on U.S. foreign policy. He was research fellow at the universities of Oxford, Harvard, Ohio State, and Jacobs University Bremen.

Subject: Media Studies 20th Century History
Area: North America



Contents

List of Figures
Preface
List of Abbreviations

Introduction: Why Empires Need Pictures

PART I: THE RISE OF THE VISUAL AGE

Chapter 1. The Picture State and Its Innovators  
Chapter 2. Contact Points with Empire and the Globalizing of Media

PART II: PICTURING EMPIRE

Chapter 3. Prosperity: Official Visits to the United States
Chapter 4. Progress: Popular Aspirations, the Global South, and the Politics of Imagination
Chapter 5. Peace: Space Flights as “Pictorial Acts”
Chapter 6. Power: Global Media and the Other History of the Vietnam War

Conclusion: From Nixon to Obama, or: The Legacy of the 1960s

Endnotes
Bibliography
Index

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