The story of public relations in Britain was shaped by the economic hardships of the inter-war years. It was a profession established by a group of liberal-minded officials, whose manner and methods would heavily influence post war organisations such as UNESCO.
Central to the startling story of Britain's early public relations pioneers is Sir Stephen Tallents, the inaugural President of the Institute of Public Relations. Tallents was a public sector entrepreneur who lent his patronage to John Grierson's documentary film movement, the BBC Overseas Service, the development of Listener Research and the staging of the Festival of Britain. His intellectual imprint lingers on everything from the jubilee telephone kiosk to the V for Victory movement, from Night Mail to the Greater London Plan.
A portrait of how the social, economic and media revolutions of the early the twentieth century reshaped national life, Public relations and the making of modern Britain reveals a country struggling to cope with austerity and crisis that is at once very different from, and yet surprisingly similar to, our own. The book includes a reprint of Tallents' influential pamphlet, The projection of England (1932).
This book will interest students and scholars of modern British culture, media studies, history and politics.
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 328 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 14 mm
An engaging and thoroughly researched contribution to the debate about an often misunderstood industry'
Alastair Campbell, Journalist and Broadcaster
'You may not expect the story of a civil servant who went on to become the first President of the Institute for Public Relations to be either fascinating or revealing of a whole sweep of national history. Scott Anthony's prismatic and lucidly written study of Sir Stephen Tallents and his career as a maverick and highly creative "public sector entrepreneur" is surely the book that will change your mind. Truly an excellent piece of work, which adds a new dimension to our understanding of the British twentieth century...'
Professor Patrick Wright
'This book restores Stephen Tallents to his rightful place as one of the most important of the strangely radical benevolent bureaucrats of the interwar years. A fascinating book, especially relevant as a reminder of possibility to an era whose public sphere has been devalued and eviscerated.'
Owen Hatherley, Writer and Journalist
'Scott Anthony has illuminated a character and a movement in British media unknown to almost everyone - and rescued public relations from the easy scorn of journalists, by showing that it had its roots, at least in the UK, in a progressive agenda of informing people of what was being done in their name'
John Lloyd, Director of Journalism Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
"Stephen Tallents was a pioneer in the field of public relations. Scott Anthony's account of his life and work is a significant contribution to our understanding of how the modern disciplines of PR and communications developed and the history of public relations in the UK. Students and practitioners alike will enjoy and benefit from reading about one of the leading figures in the evolution of our profession"
Sally Sykes FCIPR - President Chartered Institute of Public Relations 2012
'Well-researched, readable and consistently absorbing'
Professor Jeffrey Richards
'Anthony's study is an original and important contribution'
Michael Saler, Twentieth Century British History, December 3, 2012
This book is a very welcome addition to the scholarship of public relations history, especially for those researching its development in nations of the former British Empire. -- .