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Cultural Diplomacy and Foreign Policy

German-American Relations, 1955-1968


Manuela Aguilar

This study analyzes the official German and American cultural, educational, and information work activities from the mid-1950s to the late 1960s in an effort to show that cultural diplomacy deserves more scholarly attention as an element that influenced the quality, stability, and flexibility of German-American relations. Closely following foreign policy objectives, both countries' cultural diplomatic efforts underlined the transformation from dependency to interdependency, which their relationship underwent during this crucial period of time.