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Name: Katie Griffiths

PhD: History 

Thesis Title: British Propaganda and the Threat of Communist China in the East Asia , 1948-54.


Thesis Description:This thesis offers the first in-depth account into Britain’s use of propaganda in response to the emergence of Communist China in the early Cold War.  The rise of communist China was an important consideration for British far east policy as it threatened established economic and trade links in China but also its position in Hong Kong and more widely in South East Asia where large overseas Chinese population existed. In context of Britain's post war position and  establishment of the Cold War friendly Sino-British relations were considered key for  Attlee's Labour government. Hopes of  friendly diplomatic relations were however increasingly strained as events in the Far east escalated with the Korean War. 

By offering an insight to Britain's propaganda in dealing with the threat of Communist China in East Asia this thesis will provide a new insight into Sino-British relations but also more generally British propaganda in the Cold war.  



Supervisors and Institution(s): 

Professor John Young, Nottingham University  

Spencer Mawby, Nottingham University 

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Other Research Interests:

  • Britain and the Cold War
  • Cold War Propaganda
  • Memorialisation
  • War Memory


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