Afterword: The Role of Propaganda in the Cold War and Its Implications Today

Part of the Global Conflict and Security since 1945 book series (GCON)


At the end of the Second World War, Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin renewed his attempts to isolate the Soviet people from all contact with the outside world and to control as much as possible the information the world received about life inside the Soviet Union. He did this in order to maintain the illusory image of the Soviet Union portrayed in Soviet propaganda as a social utopia where all economic problems were being solved, where culture was allowed to flower, where freedom and justice prevailed, and where everyone was happy. As part of this propaganda campaign, the Soviet press and the media organizations it controlled throughout Europe relentlessly attacked the West. The West was portrayed as economically and socially unstable, and according to the Soviet media this instability was leading to a growing fascist movement. Soviet media outlets on numerous occasions reported that widespread anti-Jewish pogroms were occurring throughout Britain.


Foreign Policy Middle East British Government Soviet Leader Public Diplomacy 
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© Lowell H. Schwartz 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.RAND CorporationUSA

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