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In 1931, the United States and France embarked on a broadcasting partnership built around radio. Over time, the transatlantic sonic alliance came to personify and to shape American-French relations in an era of increased global media production and distribution. Drawing on a broad range of American and French archives, Derek Vaillant joins textual and aural materials with original data analytics and maps to illuminate U.S.-French broadcasting's political and cultural development. Vaillant focuses on the period from 1931 until France dismantled its state media system in 1974. His analysis examines mobile actors, circulating programs, and shifting governmental and other institutions shaping international radio's use in times of war and peace. He explores the extraordinary achievements, the miscommunications and failures, and the limits of cooperation between America and France as they shaped a new media environment. Throughout, Vaillant explains how radio's power as an instantaneous mass communications tool produced, legitimized, and circulated various notions of states, cultures, ideologies, and peoples as superior or inferior.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Series Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. List of Acronyms and Abbreviations
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Introduction: At the Border of U.S.–French Broadcasting
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. Part I: The Rise of U.S.–French Broadcasting, 1925–44
  1. 1. At the Speed of Sound: Techno-Aesthetic Paradigms in U.S.–French Broadcasting, 1925–39
  2. pp. 9-30
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  1. 2. We Won’t Always Have Paris: U.S. Networks in France and Europe, 1932–41
  2. pp. 31-50
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  1. 3. Voices of the Occupation: U.S. Broadcasting to France during World War II
  2. pp. 51-76
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  1. Part II: Shaping a U.S.–French Radio Imaginary, 1945–74
  1. 4. Served on a Platter: How French Radio Cracked the U.S. Airwaves
  2. pp. 79-101
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  1. 5. The Air of Paris: Women’s Talk Radio, Gender, and the Art of Self-Fashioning
  2. pp. 102-126
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  1. 6. The Drama of Broadcast History after May 1968
  2. pp. 127-152
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  1. Afterword: Radios at the Heart of Nations
  2. pp. 153-158
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  1. Appendix: U.S.–French Radio Time Line
  2. pp. 159-166
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 167-216
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  1. Selected Resources
  2. pp. 217-218
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 219-244
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780252050015
Print ISBN
9780252041419
MARC Record
OCLC
1005186255
Pages
264
Launched on MUSE
2017-11-15
Language
English
Open Access
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