Contemporary news provides regular examples of the role played by global media networks in international relations. However, the roots of modern-day international communication extend beyond the digital era into the twentieth-century. This course will begin by addressing the impact of the advent of mass communications on international relations in the early twentieth century before focusing specifically on the period 1939-1960. We shall look at how the UK used various media forms as a means to inform and persuade foreign audiences both in war and peace. Overall, the course seeks to stimulate debate as to the meaning of the concept of propaganda and its relevance in relation to a liberal democracy such as the UK.