Promoting Britain’s fight: Duff Cooper’s 1939–40 lecture tour and American public opinion during the ‘Phoney War’

Hart, Bradley W. and Carr, Richard (2021) Promoting Britain’s fight: Duff Cooper’s 1939–40 lecture tour and American public opinion during the ‘Phoney War’. Historical Research, 94 (263). pp. 158-180. ISSN 1468-2281

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Abstract

From October 1939 to March 1940, Conservative member of parliament Alfred Duff Cooper and his wife Diana toured the United States. Their public appearances drew thousands of audience members and provoked the ire of isolationists, but the true importance of the Coopers’ tour lay in the conversations they undertook with prominent Americans. This article examines the controversy surrounding the Coopers’ wartime tour of the U.S., the significance of the trip and the conclusions both drew from their visit. These would have a demonstrable impact on British public relations efforts, particularly after Duff Cooper’s appointment as minister of information.

Item Type: Journal Article
Faculty: Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2021 16:07
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2021 12:24
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/706717

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