Palgrave Macmillan Series in Global Public Diplomacy

The Origins of Public Diplomacy in US Statecraft

Uncovering a Forgotten Tradition

Authors: Schindler, Caitlin E.

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  • Provides a historical view of foreign public engagement and public diplomacy in the United States from 1776-1948Draws on historical knowledge to suggest changes to today's public diplomacy practices
  • Offers a new approach to evaluating and understanding the use of public diplomacy in American statecraft by broadening the understanding and interpretation of diplomacy 
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This book examines historic examples of US public diplomacy in order to understand how past uses and techniques of foreign public engagement evolved into modern public diplomacy as a tool of American statecraft. The study explores six historic cases where the United States’ government or private American citizens actively engaged with foreign publics, starting with the American Revolution in 1776 through the passage of the Smith-Mundt Bill of 1948. Each case looks specifically at the role foreign public engagement plays in American statecraft, while also identifying trends in American foreign public engagement and making connections between past practice of foreign public engagement and public diplomacy, and analyzing how trends and past practice or experience influenced modern American public diplomacy.  

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Caitlin Schindler is Research Professor at the Institute of World Politics, Washington, DC, USA. 

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“The book gathers together an impressive amount of archival work as it sifts through the evidence to build its narrative. ... The archival work and historical spread of the book is impressive ... this is a wide-ranging and thought-provoking analysis that provides the basis for a valuable debate on historical trends and institutional developments in US public diplomacy today.” (Giles Scott-Smith, H-Diplo, H-Net Reviews, May, 2018)
“There is a widespread perception today that the United States is falling dangerously behind its chief adversaries in the information dimension of statecraft. In a well-researched book that covers the sweep of American history from Benjamin Franklin to the present, Caitlin Schindler shows that what is now known as "public diplomacy" has always had a place in the American statecraft toolkit, and that an understanding of this history can contribute to the revival of public diplomacy we today so urgently need. Particularly useful is her focus on the interaction of private with governmental organizations in the nation's engagement with the rest of the world. A valuable work for scholars and practitioners alike.” (Carnes Lord, Professor of Strategic Leadership, U.S. Naval War College and author of Losing Hearts and Minds? Public Diplomacy and Strategic Influence in the Age of Terror)

“Missing in the abundant literature on US public diplomacy are careful studies of its origins in the nation’s history and culture. Caitlin Schindler provides a significant contribution to filling this void. Her deeply researched book, filled with insights and rich detail, illuminates ways the US engaged and sought to influence foreign publics from the American Revolution through the 19th and first half of the 20th centuries. Her study reveals patterns in the nation’s diplomatic and civil society traditions and provides essential reading for all who seek to understand how the nation’s past enables and constrains US diplomacy today.” (Bruce Gregory, Professorial Lecturer, Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication, George Washington University, USA)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Origins of Public Diplomacy in US Statecraft
Book Subtitle
Uncovering a Forgotten Tradition
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Macmillan Series in Global Public Diplomacy
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-57279-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-57279-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-57278-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-86121-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 325
Number of Illustrations
9 illustrations in colour
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