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Author Peacock, Margaret, author.

Title Innocent weapons : the Soviet and American politics of childhood in the Cold War / Margaret Peacock.

Publication Info. Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, 2014.

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Description 1 online resource (286 pages)
Series The new Cold War history
New Cold War history.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 255-272) and index.
Contents Introduction -- Part I. Building an image, building a consensus -- The contained child on the cusp of a new era -- The "other" child -- Victims, hooligans, and the importance of threat -- Mobilized childhood responds to the threat -- Part II. Revising an ideal : the collapse of an image, the collapse of consensus -- Soviet childhood in film during the thaw -- American childhood and the bomb -- Vietnam and the fall of an image -- Conclusion.
Summary In the 1950s and 1960s, images of children appeared everywhere, from movies to milk cartons, their smiling faces used to sell everything, including war. In this provocative book, Margaret Peacock offers an original account of how Soviet and American leaders used emotionally charged images of children in an attempt to create popular support for their policies at home and abroad. Groups on either side of the Iron Curtain pushed visions of endangered, abandoned, and segregated children to indict the enemy's state and its policies. Though the Cold War is often characterized as an ideological divide between the capitalist West and the communist East, Peacock demonstrates a deep symmetry in how Soviet and American propagandists mobilized similar images to similar ends, despite their differences. Based on extensive research spanning fourteen archives and three countries, Peacock tells a new story of the Cold War, seeing the conflict not simply as a divide between East and West, but as a struggle between the producers of culture and their target audiences.-- Publisher description.
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Subject Children and politics -- History.
Children and politics -- History -- 20th century.
Children in popular culture -- Soviet Union -- History.
Children in popular culture -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Cold War -- Social aspects -- Soviet Union.
Cold War -- Social aspects -- United States.
Cold War -- Political aspects -- Soviet Union.
Cold War -- Political aspects -- United States.
Soviet Union -- Politics and government -- 1945-1991.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1945-1989.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Peacock, Margaret. Innocent weapons 9781469618579 (DLC) 2014017084 (OCoLC)875742483
ISBN 9781469618586 (electronic bk.)
1469618583 (electronic bk.)
9781469618593 (electronic bk.)
1469618591 (electronic bk.)