The Information Research Department of the British Foreign Office and the Korean War, 1950–53

  title={The Information Research Department of the British Foreign Office and the Korean War, 1950–53},
  author={T. Shaw},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary History},
  pages={263 - 281}
  • T. Shaw
  • Published 1 April 1999
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Contemporary History
Material relating to the work after the second world war of the British Foreign Office's anti-communist propaganda section, the Information Research Department (IRD), has been trickling out into the public domain for two decades now. The picture currently presented in academic circles is one of a small and secretive outfit whose influence during its 30-year existence between 1948 and 1977 was out of all proportion to the knowledge of it.1 To what extent this estimation is coloured by the… 

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