Journal article

Liberal and illiberal internationalism in the making of the league of nations convention on broadcasting in the cause of peace

D Goodman

Journal of World History: official journal of the World History Association | University of Hawaii Press | Published : 2020

Abstract

The 1936 League of Nations Convention on the Use of Broadcasting in the Cause of Peace sought to shape a liberal international public sphere, through encouragement of empathetic and neighborly broadcasts to other nations and prohibitions on international broadcast of hostile speech and false claims. It expressed 1920s liberal hopes that adding protocols and rules to international communications would foster peace. How was it then that by the late 1930s these same hopes for an international public sphere of civil and peace-fostering international discourse appeared to many liberals in national contexts as not only fantastical, but illiberal, a clear threat to the emerging core liberal value o..

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