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Hearts and Minds

US Cultural Management in 21st Century Foreign Relations


Edited By Matthew Chambers

This volume looks at a key component of recent US foreign relations, namely, its emphasis on «hearts and minds» as part of its cultural management of the global Other. The authors collected here analyze to what extent we can frame the intent and consequences of this term as a coherent policy, discussing how to think about foreign policy strategies that involve the management of cultural relations.

«Including fascinating first-hand and deeply-researched accounts of the workings of various US institutions (many of them ‘cultural’), this volume is a must for an understanding of the power the US projects worldwide.» Professor Laleh Khalili, SOAS University of London

«This fascinating collection reveals the nuance and complexity behind a seemingly banal phrase.» Professor David Schmid, State University of New York at Buffalo

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The Museum Dimension of American ‘Soft Power’: A Genealogy of Cultural Diplomacy Institutions



We do not blame thee. Elder World—nor separate ourselves from thee:(Would the Son separate himself from the Father?)Looking back on thee – seeing thee thy duties, grandeurs, through past ages bending, building,We build ours today.

Mightier than Egypt’s tombs,Fairer than Grecia’s, Roma’s temples,Prouder than Milan’s statued, spired Cathedral,More picturesque than Rhenish castle-keepsWe plan, even now, to raise beyond them all,


Over whose golden roof shall flaunt, beneath thy banner, Freedom,

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