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Innocent Weapons – The Soviet and American Politics of Childhood in the Cold War - North Carolina Scholarship Online
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Innocent Weapons: The Soviet and American Politics of Childhood in the Cold War

Margaret E. Peacock


In the 1950s and 1960s, images of children appeared everywhere, from movies to milk cartons. Their smiling faces were used to sell everything, including war. This book offers an unprecedented account of how Soviet and American leaders used emotionally-charged images of children to attempt to create compliance among their citizenry for their policies at home and abroad. In the end, however, no one could control these ubiquitous images or the meanings that they conveyed. Groups on both sides of the Iron Curtain pushed visions of napalmed, abandoned, and segregated children to indictthe state and ... More

Keywords: images of children, Iron Curtain, Cold War, communism, Soviet, East

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781469618579
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469618579.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Margaret E. Peacock, author
University of Alabama