Caitlin Schindler, Class of 2010 and research professor at IWP, recently published a book entitled The Origins of Public Diplomacy in US Statecraft: Uncovering a Forgotten Tradition. Her work was reviewed by Giles Scott-Smith in an article titled “Scott-Smith on Schindler, The Origins of Public Diplomacy in US Statecraft: Uncovering a Forgotten Tradition” published by H-Net Reviews in May.
Dr. Scott-Smith details how Dr. Schindler’s work covers the time from the founding of the republic up until the finish of the Second World War. He identifies how the book tackles three long term trends that have challenged public diplomacy, on organizational, conceptual, and ideological levels. In her book, Dr. Schindler works to define the relationship between statecraft and public diplomacy through six detailed case studies starting from the independence period, then the Civil War, the late nineteenth century, World War I, the inter-war period, and ending with World War II.
Dr. Scott-Smith notes how Dr. Schindler analyzes these six different periods using Nicolas Cull’s six core practices: listening, advocacy, cultural diplomacy, exchange diplomacy, international broadcasting, and psychological warfare. The review praises Dr. Schindler’s archival work and historical analysis.