Faculty Advisor

Tromly, Benjamin

Area of Study

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Publication Date

Summer 2017


This project builds off work done in Spring 2017 for a History 400 paper on the development of Radio Free Europe broadcast strategy in Poland from 1950 to 1956. Broadly, my summer project focuses on the way the People’s Republic of Poland (PRL) reacted to and sought to discredit RFE’s broadcasts from 1950 to 1972. The project’s specific analysis is on the way this reaction was manifested in PRL propaganda’s principal outlets: media organs such as state radio stations and newspapers.

My final paper’s central argument is that from 1970 to 1952, RFE was portrayed continuously as an obstacle to peace. The Europe of 1950 changed immensely over the course of the next 22 years, and in order to match this evolution, PRL media’s attacks on RFE changed greatly as well. The specific content of these attacks changed as much as the overall situation in Europe, yet through these changes, a consistent theme was maintained, that of RFE’s cynical presence as a perpetual obstacle to the development of peace, regardless of how peace was defined.


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