, Volume 41, Issue 2, pp 115-132

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`Leadership and Mind': Frederic C. Lane as Cultural Entrepreneur and Diplomat

  • Giuliana GemelliAffiliated withDepartment of History, University of Bologna

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This paper analyses the life and work of the historian Frederic C. Lane, Assistant Director of the Social Sciences for the Rockefeller Foundation in Europe, 1951–1954. During this period, Lane worked in close contact with Joseph Willits – head of the Social Sciences Division – and contributed to the definition of Rockefeller policies towards Europe during an early stage of the Cold War.