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I am wondering if anyone on this list has investigated the development of psychological warfare techniques before and during the second world war, as directed by leaders in the progressive movement? Through my recent study of military psychiatry, I came across an obscure but important book edited by Ladislas Farago, and published by the Committee For National Morale in 1941. The title is _German Psychological Warfare_, and I have described the contents of the second edition in a four-part series of blogs on the Yankee Doodle Society website. Here is the link to the first part: http://clarespark.com/2010/02/14/nazi-sykewar-american-style-part-one/. I recommend that list members read the four parts in order, for they were very carefully constructed for both scholars and a general audience. I have already published a book and article that quotes social psychologists urging the adoption of Nazi techniques for this country, but had never understood their rationale for recommending such a shocking appropriation. Although one sociologist friend of mine was aware of the program, he thought that it was motivated primarily by fear of Midwestern isolationism and subversion in ethnic communities with ties to the Axis powers. None of that is in the Farago book; rather fear of the skeptical masses, i.e., modern, educated, urban man who asked too many questions of his superiors. Clare L. Spark, Ph.D Director, The Yankee Doodle Society email@example.com www.clarespark.com ----- For subscription help, go to: http://www.h-net.org/lists/help/ To change your subscription settings, go to http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=h-war -----