Archives of Authority: Empire, Culture, and the Cold War by Andrew N. Rubin

By Andrew N. Rubin

Combining literary, cultural, and political background, and in response to large archival study, together with formerly unseen FBI and CIA files, Archives of Authority argues that cultural politics--specifically America's frequently covert patronage of the arts--played a hugely vital function within the move of imperial authority from Britain to the U.S. in the course of a serious interval after global struggle II. Andrew Rubin argues that this move reshaped the postwar literary area and he indicates how, in this time, new and effective modes of cultural transmission, replication, and travel--such as radio and quickly and globally circulated journals--completely remodeled the placement occupied via the postwar author and the position of worldwide literature.

Rubin demonstrates that the approximately immediate translation of texts via George Orwell, Thomas Mann, W. H. Auden, Richard Wright, Mary McCarthy, and Albert Camus, between others, into interrelated journals that have been subsidized by means of businesses resembling the CIA's Congress for Cultural Freedom and circulated worldwide successfully reshaped writers, critics, and intellectuals into simply recognizable, transnational figures. Their paintings shaped a brand new canon of worldwide literature that was once celebrated within the usa and supposedly represented the simplest of up to date concept, whereas much less politically beautiful authors have been overlooked or maybe demonized. This championing and demonizing of writers happened within the identify of anti-Communism--the new, transatlantic "civilizing mission" during which postwar cultural and literary authority emerged.

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The current, unlike the monsoons in the Indian Ocean, is a one-way, constant flow that does not reverse. The Canary current is matched on the other side of the ocean by the Gulf Stream, which flows northward out of the Caribbean, crosses the Atlantic, and then moves to the European coast, bringing warm winds to keep England from being as cold as Canada and producing a distinctly warmer western side than the eastern side of the island. Like the Canary current, the Gulf Stream is a onedirectional flow for the whole year.

Perhaps knowing of this current of no return would have reassured him that Qu would not return to claim his heritage. 17 14 The Atlantic Background The key to crossing and recrossing the Atlantic in sailing craft lies in a special feature of the two opposing currents. In the central Atlantic, not far from the Azores Islands, the outlying eddies of the currents come close to each other. If one is aware that there is an “outbound” current at the Canaries that will take one out into the Atlantic, and that relatively close by to the north there is an “inbound” current in the form of the Gulf Stream, by tacking from one to the other, one can be reassured of a safe return voyage.

The effect of the transfer of markets was telling – the customs records in Seville recorded a shift in origins of slaves from trans-Atlantic sources away from those arriving through North African merchants after having endured the Saharan crossing to those of the same ulitatme origin but having been brought on Portuguese ships. ”46 The Portuguese military-naval failure was probably rooted in the possibilities of land-sea warfare in the time. While Portuguese vessels large enough to withstand Atlantic navigation brought them to Atlantic Africa, these vessels were too large and deep-drafted to navigate effectively in the shallow coastal waters and estuaries of the Atlantic coast.

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