Books Across Borders

UNESCO and the Politics of Postwar Cultural Reconstruction, 1945–1951

  • Miriam Intrator

Part of the New Directions in Book History book series (NDBH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Miriam Intrator
    Pages 1-39
  3. Miriam Intrator
    Pages 41-71
  4. Miriam Intrator
    Pages 247-268
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 269-280

About this book


Books Across Borders: UNESCO and the Politics of Postwar Cultural Reconstruction, 1945-1951 is a history of the emotional, ideological, informational, and technical power and meaning of books and libraries in the aftermath of World War II, examined through the cultural reconstruction activities undertaken by the Libraries Section of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The book focuses on the key actors and on-the-ground work of the Libraries Section in four central areas: empowering libraries around the world to acquire the books they wanted and needed; facilitating expanded global production of quality translations and affordable books; participating in debates over the contested fate of confiscated books and displaced libraries; and formulating notions of cultural rights as human rights. Through examples from France, Poland, and surviving Jewish Europe, this book provides new insight into the complexities and specificities of UNESCO’s role in the realm of books, libraries, and networks of information exchange during the early postwar, post-Holocaust, Cold War years.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Miriam Intrator
    • 1
  1. 1.Alden LibraryOhio University LibrariesAthensUSA

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