Soviet Estonia in the Era of the Cold War
Edited By Tõnu Tannberg
National Self-Determination, Modernization, and the Estonian-Soviet Propaganda Contest in the Early Cold War Era
← 34 | 35 →Kaarel Piirimäe
Abstract: This article deals primarily with the expatriate question and the production of propaganda as the primary tasks of the newly-founded Estonian SSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The article examines the propaganda battle between expatriate Estonians and the Soviets in the postwar years taking place in Western countries.
The topic of this paper, the propaganda contest between the Estonian exiles and the USSR in the early Cold War period, has never before been rigorously researched. There are surveys of Estonian propaganda written by activists involved in those activities, such as Eesti Vabaduse Eest: Eesti rahvusfond 1946–1951 (For the Freedom of Estonia: The Estonian National Foundation 1946–1951), published in Sweden in 1952, or Estonian Information Centre Ten Years, published in 1956.1 These are important documents on the early Cold War campaigning of the exile community, but written by the participants themselves, and not from an impartial point of view. There are numerous studies on the theory and practice of Soviet propaganda and agitation inside the USSR,2 but surprisingly, the foreign propaganda of the Soviet Union has not been discussed much, even though it formed an important component of the Cold War struggle between East and ← 35 | 36 →West.3 One of the best analyses of the Soviet effort in the first two decades of the Cold War is Soviet Foreign Propaganda, written in 1964 by Frederick C. Barghoorn. Barghoorn tried to pinpoint the main attractions of Soviet propaganda to the...
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