New Publications

Three new publications by RIAS Academic Director Giles Scott-Smith.

Three new publications are now available, each one marking the successful result of a RIAS-sponsored research project.

Campaigning Culture

Campaigning Culture and the Global Cold War: The Journals of the Congress for Cultural Freedom, edited by Giles Scott-Smith and Charlotte Lerg (Luwig Maximilian University, Munich), explores the lasting legacy of the controversial project funded by the CIA to promote Western culture and liberal values in the battle of ideas with global Communism during the Cold War.  At the center of this campaign was the Congress for Cultural Freedom, which published an influential series of journals around the world. These journals, which included Encounter, involved many of the most famous intellectuals to promote a global intellectual community. Some of them, such as Minerva, Quadrant, and China Quarterly, are still going to this day. This study examines when and why these journals were founded, who ran them, and how we should understand their cultural message in relation to the secret patron that paid the bills.

 

Global Perspectives

 

Global Perspectives on the Bretton Woods Conference and the Post-War World Order, edited by Giles Scott-Smith and J. Simon Rofe (SOAS, London), stems from an expert workshop held at the RIAS in September 2014. This book repositions the groundbreaking Bretton Woods conference of July 1944 as the first large-scale multilateral North-South dialogue on global financial governance. It moves beyond the usual focus on Anglo-American interests by highlighting the influence of delegations from Latin America, India, the Soviet Union, France, and others. It also investigates how state and private interests intermingled, collided, and compromised during the negotiations on the way to a set of regulations and institutions that still partly frame global economic governance in the early twenty-first century. Together, these essays lay the groundwork for a more comprehensive analysis of Bretton Woods as a pivotal site of multilateralism in international history.

 

Global Exchanges

Global Exchanges: Scholarships and Transnational Circulations in the Modern World, edited by Ludovic Tournes (University of Geneva) and Giles Scott-Smith, provides a wide-ranging overview of this under-researched topic, examining the scope,  scale and evolution of organized exchanges around the globe through the twentieth century. In doing so it dramatically reveals the true extent of organized exchange and its essential contribution for knowledge transfer, cultural interchange, and the formation of global networks so often taken for granted today.