Wartime Planning, Postwar Response

  • Miriam Intrator
Part of the New Directions in Book History book series (NDBH)


This chapter traces the history that helped pave the way for UNESCO, beginning in the late nineteenth century and focusing on the interwar years. It explores the intensive planning undertaken by the Conference of Allied Ministers of Education in London throughout the war years. Their wartime efforts, and especially those of the Conference’s Books and Periodicals Commission, culminated with the establishment of UNESCO and its Libraries Section. The flurry of interwar and wartime activity prepared the Libraries Section to take immediate action at the war’s end, delivering books and launching book and library reconstruction and rehabilitation projects to countries as they were liberated, and to evolve and expand as the overwhelming scope of damage and needs increasingly came to light.



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  • Miriam Intrator
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  1. 1.Alden LibraryOhio University LibrariesAthensUSA

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