The Cominform : a study of propaganda.
This is the story of the Cominform: the Information Bureau of
Communist and Workers' Parties, presented as a case history in Communist
policy and propaganda. The writer considers the creation and functions
of the Cominf'orm as symptoms of an attempt to use ideological discipline
as a cohesive force within the Soviet empire. Chapter One deals with
the general situation in which the Cominfon was called into existence.
Chapter Two is the history of its birth. Chapters Three and Four are
devoted to the origins and the outbreak of the Soviet-Yugoslav dispute.
Chapters Five and Six contain an analytical description of the propaganda
war against Yugoslavia. Events leading to the formal dissolution of the
Comixiform - notably the detente with Yugoslavia and the surrender by the
Soviet Union of ideological monopoly - are analysed in Chapter Seven.
The periods under review are (i) the active lifetime of the Cominform between
September 1947 and the end of 1949 and. (ii) the phase preceeding its
dissolution in April 1956.
The study is partly based. on the writer's M.Sc.(Econ.) thesis
entitled "The Content of Propaganda in the Controversy between Yugoslavia
and the Cominforin". It is, however, not merely a further elaboration of
the theme. while certain parts have been taken, with some modifications,
from the old thesis, the new study offer's a view from a new angle.
Both the approach and the focus are different. Some of the old sketches
have been incorporated in a new, comprehensive, picture of a phase in
Communist policy and propaganda. In a similar way, the description of
the detente with Yugoslavia in Chapter Seven is partly based on the
writer's article entitled "The Detente between Yugoslavia and her
Neighbours" published in the Apr11 1956 issue of "International Relations".