Bringing together scholars from the fields of musicology and international history, this book investigates the significance of music to foreign relations, and how it affected the interaction of nations since the late 19th century. For more than a century, both state and non-state actors have sought to employ sound and harmony to influence allies and enemies, resolve conflicts, and export their own culture around the world. This book asks how we can understand music as an instrument of power and influence, and how the cultural encounters fostered by music changes our ideas about international history.
Jessica C. E. Gienow-Hecht is Chair of the Department of History at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies at the Freie Universitat Berlin. She is the series editor of "Explorations in Culture and International History" (Berghahn Books) and her book Transmission Impossible: American Journalism as Cultural Diplomacy in Postwar Germany (1999) won the Stuart Bernath Prize and the Myrna Bernath Prize of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. Her most recent monograph, Sound Diplomacy: Music and Emotions in Transatlantic Relations, 1850-1920 (2009, 2012 paperback) won the Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award and is currently being translated into Chinese.
List of Illustrations Acknowledgements List of Contributors Introduction: Sonic History or Why Music Matters in International History Jessica C. E. Gienow-Hecht Part I: Music, International Relations and the Absence of the State Chapter 1. The Wicked Barrisons David Monod Chapter 2. Modern Music and the Popular Front: The International Society for Contemporary Music and Its Political Context (1935) Anne C. Shreffler Part II: Music, International History, and the State Chapter 3. Music and International Relations in Occupied Germany, 1945-1949 Toby Thacker Chapter 4. Instruments of Diplomacy: Writing Music into the History of Cold War International Relations Danielle Fosler-Lussier Chapter 5. 'To Reach... into the Hearts and Minds of Our Friends': America's Symphonic Tours and the Cold War Jonathan Rosenberg Chapter 6. Music Diplomacy in an Emergency: Eisenhower's "Secret Weapon", Iceland, 1954-1959 Emily Abrams Ansari Chapter 7. Intimate Histories of the Musical Cold War: Fred Prieberg and Igor Blazhkov's Unofficial Diplomacy Peter J. Schmelz Chapter 8. "Where I Cannot Roam, My Song Will Take Wing": Polish Cultural Promotion in Belarus, 1988 Andrea F. Bohlman Index