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US military bases as a buffer space for the promotion of US culture in provincial France during the Cold War, with women as main target of cultural operations.

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Through an anthropological approach to US military outposts, our findings give a new understanding of both US cultural transfers to France (and the lack thereof) and US public diplomacy practices as a tool to defend national security during the Cold War.


Writing this article paved the way for a bottom-up approach of the US empire as a nation of outposts, and gave the opportunity to give a first explanation of the notion of "parabellicism".

Universite de Strasbourg

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This page is a summary of: ‘Trading Boots for Dancing Shoes’: Women and the Military Expression of the American Century in France, 1917–1967, International Journal for History Culture and Modernity, November 2019, Brill, DOI: 10.18352/hcm.572.
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