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The editor and the CIA: Herbert Tingsten and the Congress for Cultural Freedom : a symbiotic relationship
Swedish National Defence College, Department of Military Studies, The Military History Division.
2011 (English)In: European Review of History, ISSN 1350-7486, E-ISSN 1469-8293, Vol. 18, no 2, 147-174 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article deals with the relations between perhaps Sweden's most influential publicist during the Cold War, the professor of political science and editor-in-chief of Sweden's largest daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter 1946-1959, Herbert Tingsten, and the Congress for Cultural Freedom (CCF), a CIA-sponsored organisation gathering the elite of the world's non-communist leftist intellectuals, Congress for Cultural Freedom and its Swedish sub-branch called 'Svenska kommitten for kulturens frihet' (SKfKF). Tingsten was a professor of political science at University of Stockholm from 1935 to 1946 and then editor-in-chief of Sweden's largest daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter from 1946 to 1959. It argues that parts of Tingsten's work both as an opinion maker and as a scholar was part of a symbiotic relationship with the CCF and the SKfKF. Tingsten was the foremost propagator for the 'end of ideology' thesis in Sweden and the article argues that this campaign was inspired by the CCF's advancement of this idea in the 1950s and 1960s. Tingsten was personally acquainted with several CCF intellectuals and he visited several of the CCF's conferences. The article also makes the case that Tingsten helped the CCF and the SKfKF's causes and furthered their agendas in a number of ways during his time as editor-in-chief of DN. For example, Tingsten allowed the SKfKF to use DN as a platform for presenting its ideas and programmes to a broader public. The article thus shows how the CCF network of intellectuals influenced opinion making in non-aligned Sweden.

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Abingdon: Carfax , 2011. Vol. 18, no 2, 147-174 p.
Keyword [en]
Sweden, CCF, CIA, Cultural Cold War
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History and Archaeology Political Science
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Historia med inriktning mot militärhistoria
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-2200DOI: 10.1080/13507486.2011.555947ISI: 000289845900001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-2200DiVA: diva2:458103
Available from: 2011-11-21 Created: 2011-11-21 Last updated: 2014-04-01Bibliographically approved

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