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By Poul Duedahl

The venture UNESCO, as outlined simply after the top of worldwide battle II, is to construct 'the defenses of peace within the minds of men'. during this ebook, historians hint the routes of chosen UNESCO psychological engineering projects from its headquarters in Paris to the member states, to evaluate UNESCO's international impact.

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It was a joint appointment. It is well known that Boas’s anti-racist thinking got him in trouble with the director of the museum, the paleontologist Henry Fairfield Osborn, and with the museum’s board, where Madison Grant, the author of The Passing of the Great Race, a book admired by Hitler, was one of the more influential members. Osborn and Grant were close friends, and leaders of the eugenics movement in the USA. Similarly, the astronomer and physicist Samuel Pierpont Langley, who became the third secretary of the Smithsonian Institution in 1887, did not favor the kind of studies which the Bureau of American Ethnology was carrying out in the field, building an impressive ethnographic record of Indian cultures, and studying their languages, myths and rituals.

Poul Duedahl, “UNESCO Man”. Christensen and Ydesen, “Routes of Knowledge”. Annar Cassam (Director, UNESCO Special Program for South Africa 1993–1996): “Mandela: Reading the Courier on Robben Island”, available at http://www. VYv9Sk 0cTcs (accessed 25 June 2015). Poul Duedahl, “Fra overmenneske til UNESCO-menneske: En begrebshistorisk analyse af overgangen fra et biologisk til et kulturelt forankret menneskesyn i det 20. århundrede” (“From SUPERman to UNESCOman: A conceptual and historical analysis of the transition from a biological to a cultural view of man in the 20th Century”, unpublished PhD dissertation, Aalborg University, Denmark, 2007).

There is the question of the readership, conceived very ambitiously as international and multilingual. And there is also the question of what happened during waking hours, behind the scenes of the intense exercise of idealistic dreaming and projecting that UNESCO represented, when political pressures were felt, and clear differences of opinion and cultural perception brought down the spirited aspirations of universality that are UNESCO’s raison d’être. On both questions the Courier archive provides an extremely rich quarry.

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