Musical power and the East-West international diplomacy


  • Anthony Grégoire Université de Montréal École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris


Within this book, the editor establishes a dialogue between historians and musicologists bringing the idea that music is not only a musicological object but can even be a powerful tool for historians to understand and narrate the history of international relations in the 20th century. In this vein, contributors to the book were selected among both disciplines and according to their respective interests within the related sub-disciplines of history and musicology, but also for their attention to particular concepts and theories the editor decided to highlight – genres (musical), Cold War, manipulation, communication, and the state.

Author Biography

Anthony Grégoire, Université de Montréal École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris

Anthony Grégoire is a PhD candidat in Anthropology at the Université de Montréal, and in Ethnomusicology at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris. His is interested in the observation of musical symbolics and practices throughout the passage of Catholic missionnaries in Senegal and the appropriation of Occidental musical practices by the Sérères noon in an animist context.


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