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Cold War Atmosphere: Distorted Information and Facts in the Case of Free Europe Balloons (2019)


Radio Free Europe used balloons to drop leaflets in an attempt to supplement radio with printed words in the 1950s—a historical moment when closing borders, censoring the press, jamming foreign radios, tapping telephone lines, and tracking letters from abroad created an almost hermetically sealed space without many means for exchanging information across the Iron Curtain. This article traces how distorted and limited information shaped Cold War propaganda and practices of information-gathering. The article further examines unpredictable environmental factors that were transformed into persuasive political rhetoric. A comparative analysis of communist media shows similarities of imagination in a visual propaganda campaign across five communist countries. Fantasies evolved into an object of public interest when propaganda strategies embraced a language of facts.

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Article István Rév (2019) Neither Objective nor Subjective. Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (pp. 143-152). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Peters, Benjamin
Park, David W.
Jones, Steve
Jankowski, Nicholas
Foertsch, Jacqueline
Frederickson, Kari
Cold War History
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
International Journal of Communications
Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences
British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Technikgeschichte: Beiträge zur Geschichte der Technik und Industrie
University of Pennsylvania
University of Minnesota Press
Peter Lang
Vanderbilt University Press
University of Georgia Press
Harvard University Press
Cold War
Technology and society
Methods of communication; media
Technology and culture
Wiener, Norbert
Du Bois, William Edward B.
Hansberry, Lorraine
United States
Soviet Union
Great Plains (North America)
20th century, late
21st century
20th century
United Nations

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