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Playing Peace: The Philadelphia Orchestra, Cultural Diplomacy, and the Cold War

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Title: Playing Peace: The Philadelphia Orchestra, Cultural Diplomacy, and the Cold War
Author: Wagner, Christina
Advisor: Smith, Paul Jacov
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of History
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Issue Date: 2011
Abstract: Following the end of World War II, an international search for a more creative, and more effective, peacekeeping process began. World powers were dissatisfied with traditional methods, which had proven to have little lasting power in the pursuit of peace. Cultural diplomacy, or the sharing of two cultures to broaden international understanding and cooperation, became a viable option in improving international relations, especially during the Cold War. The Philadelphia Orchestra, in 1958 and in 1973 embarked on cultural diplomacy tours to communist countries, the Soviet Union and China respectively. Through an analysis of the various "players" in these tours, and their means of representing and reacting to the tours, the immediate efficacy of cultural diplomacy on an interpersonal level becomes apparent, as exchanges circumvent the bureaucratic process and impact civilian populations directly.
Subject: Cold War -- Social aspects -- United States
Subject: Reconciliation -- History -- 20th century
Subject: Philadelphia Orchestra -- History
Terms of Use: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10066/6764

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Wagner, Christina. "Playing Peace: The Philadelphia Orchestra, Cultural Diplomacy, and the Cold War". 2011. Available electronically from http://hdl.handle.net/10066/6764.

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