Cold War Anthropology: The CIA, the Pentagon, and the Growth by David H. Price

By David H. Price

In Cold struggle Anthropology, David H. expense deals a provocative account of the profound impact that the yank protection nation has had at the box of anthropology because the moment global warfare. utilizing a wealth of knowledge unearthed in CIA, FBI, and army files, he maps out the complex connections among academia and the intelligence group and the strategic use of anthropological study to additional the pursuits of the yankee army advanced. the increase of zone stories courses, funded either brazenly and covertly through executive businesses, inspired anthropologists to provide paintings that had highbrow worth in the box whereas additionally shaping international counterinsurgency and improvement courses that furthered America’s chilly conflict pursuits. eventually, the ethical concerns raised through those actions caused the yankee Anthropological organization to set up its first ethics code. expense concludes by way of evaluating chilly War-era anthropology to the anthropological services deployed by way of the army within the post-9/11 era.

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In The File (1998), Timothy Garton Ash described the East German intelligence agency, Stassi’s, massive collection of personal items (including underwear and other articles of clothing) that might be of use at some unknown ­future date if Stassi needed to use tracking dogs to locate the owner of the stolen item. Th ­ ese items w ­ ere pro­cessed and placed in plastic bags, then sorted and stored in Stassi’s im­mense, efficient archival filing system for unknown f­uture uses. Edward Snowden’s more recent disclosures of rampant National Security Agency (nsa) electronic monitoring establish that the agency collected previously unfathomable amounts of data on billions of p ­ eople on the assumption the information might be of use at some ­future date (Greenwald 2014; Price 2013c).

The cia viewed coming colonial collapses as “inevitable” and predicted ­these developments would ­favor the Soviet Union (cia 1948: 9). The agency was concerned about the Soviet alignment with international liberation movements. Without addressing Leninist critiques of imperialism, the cia observed the Soviets ­were “giving active support through agitators, propaganda, and local Communist parties to the nationalist movements throughout the colonial world” (9). The agency acknowledged the USSR held advantages over the United States ­because as a non-­colonial power, the USSR is in the fortunate position of being able to champion the colonial cause unreservedly and thereby bid for the good w ­ ill of colonial and former colonial areas.

The original group consisted of eight scholars who w ­ ere paid a modest stipend and met in Prince­ton with cia personnel four times a year to discuss specific problems of interest to the agency, bringing outside views and broader approaches to problems (Steury 1994: 111; see cia 1959b: 2). 1). When the existence of the Prince­ton Con­sul­tants became public in the 1970s, members Cyril Black and Klaus Knorr “denied any relationship between the National Intelligence Estimates and the cia’s covert activities” (Cavanagh 1980).

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