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Science as propaganda: Swedish scientists and the co-production of American hegemony in Sweden during the cold war, 1953-68
Swedish National Defence College, Department of Military Studies, The Military History Division.
2012 (English)In: European Review of History, ISSN 1350-7486, E-ISSN 1469-8293, Vol. 19, no 2, 275-302 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article takes a close look at how the United States used the funding of scientific research in Sweden as a hegemonic and propaganda tool in the 1950s and 1960s. It shows that non-aligned Sweden functioned just as much as a node in the international science network set up by the Americans after the Second World War as did the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) countries. These funds were awarded mainly to an elite network of prominent Swedish scientists. The article sheds interesting light on the controversies of such funding in Sweden during the cold war and adds important knowledge about Swedish-American relations during the cold war. The article argues that this Swedish scientific elite co-produced US hegemony in Sweden by actively seeking out American military funding and by making use of it. It also argues that US funding was intended to portray the United States as an altruistic patron of science in the world and thus serve American propagandistic purposes as well.

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2012. Vol. 19, no 2, 275-302 p.
Keyword [en]
Sweden, cold war, propaganda, United States, science and technology studies, military-academic complex, coproduction of hegemony
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Historia med inriktning mot militärhistoria
URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-3846DOI: 10.1080/13507486.2012.662944ISI: 000303211400005OAI: diva2:628708
Available from: 2013-06-14 Created: 2013-06-11 Last updated: 2013-08-12Bibliographically approved

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