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Cold War ModernistsArt, Literature, and American Cultural Diplomacy$
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Greg Barnhisel

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231162302

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231162302.001.0001

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(p.249) Conclusion
Cold War Modernists

Greg Barnhisel

Columbia University Press

This concluding chapter discusses the end of Cold War modernism, an end that came about both because of Cold War modernism's success and because of larger changes in geopolitics, American culture, and technology. Communism, at least in its Soviet form, no longer appealed to European intellectuals, and the battleground of the Cold War shifted away from Europe to the “Third World.” Moreover, the firmament of culture changed: postmodernism chipped away at the high seriousness of high modernism even as it eroded the distinctions between highbrow, middlebrow, and lowbrow. Modernism survived as a subject for study in the academy and as a style for consumer products, but it lost its dominant position in culture.

Keywords:   Cold War modernism, geopolitics, American culture, Communism, postmodernism

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