Category Archives: World History

The Public Diplomacy Reader

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The first in the IWP course reader series, The Public Diplomacy Reader provides a look at slices of public diplomacy: the art of communicating with foreign publics to influence international perceptions, attitudes and policies. Like any art form, the real definition of public diplomacy is subjective, and can be the source of lively and often bitter debates.

Rather than attempt to create a specific definition of public diplomacy, this edited volume takes some of the most insightful and historically significant writings, statements and official documents, from a variety of professional disciplines and political perspectives, so the reader can develop his or her own sense of what the field is all about.


This book makes no pretensions about completeness. The editor found it challenging to keep it under 500 pages of actual text. Here is how The Public Diplomacy Reader is designed to serve the user: To provide in a single volume a useful primer on public diplomacy, straight from some of the leading thinkers and practitioners across time and culture.

Edited by J. Michael Waller

2007, Electronic version only – click link or image to download

A Crack in the Earth

The Jordan Rift Valley, stretching from the Red Sea to Lebanon, was ripped open millions of years ago by vast forces within the earth. This geological object has also been a part of human history ever since early humans used it as a path in their journey out of Africa. And for a quarter of a century it has been part of the biography of Haim Watzman, an Israeli journalist.
In the autumn of 2004, as his country was riven by a fierce debate over its borders, Watzman took a two-week journey up the valley. Along the way he met scientists who try to understand the rift through the evidence lying on its surface—an archaeologist who reconstructs the fallen altars of a long-forgotten people, a zoologist whose study of bird societies has produced a theory of why organisms cooperate, and a geologist who thinks that the valley will some day be an ocean. He encountered people whose life and work on the shores of the Dead Sea and Jordan River have led them to dream of paradise and to seek to build Gardens of Eden on earth—a booster for a chemical factory, the director of a tourist site, and an aging socialist farmer who curates a museum of idols. And he discovered that the geography’s instability is mirrored in the volatility of the tales that people tell about the Sea of Galilee.
As an observant Jew who has written extensively about science and scholarship, Watzman strives to understand the valley in all its complexity—its physical facts, its role in human history and in his own life, and the myths it has engendered. He realizes that human beings can never see the rift in isolation. “It is the stories that men and women have told to explain what they see and what they do as a result that create the rift as we see it . . . As hard as we try to comprehend the landscape itself, it is humanity that we find.”
Watzman’s poetic evocation of the scientific and the human is a unique chronicle of a quest for knowledge.


Author: Haim Watzman

Published: 2007  New York, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

186 Pages

Subjects: Geology –Great Rift Valley –History. Rifts (Geology) –Africa, East. Rifts (Geology) –Middle East.

The Holocaust

This volume in the Problems in European Civilization Series offers students both the history and differing interpretations of the Holocaust. Combining primary sources, essays, and personal narratives, the text’s approach promotes critical thinking and reading on this infamous era.


Author: Donald L. Niewyk

Published: 1997  Boston, Ma., Houghton Mifflin

291 Pages

Subjects:  Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) World War, 1939-1945 –Jews –Rescue. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) –Historiography.

The Nazi Legacy: Klaus Barbie and the International Fascist Connection

This investigation reveals, neo-Fascist terrorists from Germany and Italy clustered round Barbie – young men inspired by the ideology of the Third Reich, ready to torture and kill to achieve their aims. Amongst their ranks: suspects of the 1980 bombing of the Bologna train station.

The Authors of this gripping, previously untold story are all experienced investigative journalists. They have spent a year of intensive research in ten countries piecing together the evidence of a secret right-wing world. The result is a massive indictment not just of Klaus Barbie himself, but of the regimes that needed him so badly for half a century.

Authors: Magnus Linklater, Isabel Hilton and Neal Ascherson

Published: 1985. Holt, Rinehart and Winston

332 Pages

Subjects: Barbie, Klaus, 1913- War criminals –Germany –Biography. Nazis –Biography. Fascism.

Hitler and the Holocaust

Hitler and the Holocaust is the product of a lifetime’s work by one of the world’s foremost authorities on the history of anti-Semitism and modern Jewry. Robert S. Wistrich examines Europe’s long history of violence against its Jewish populations, looks at the forces that shaped Hitler’s belief in a “satanic Jewish power” that must be eradicated, and discusses the process by which Hitler gained power and finalized his plans for mass genocide. He concludes by addressing the abiding legacy of the Holocaust and the lessons that can be drawn from it. Combining a comprehensive picture of one of the most cataclysmic periods in recent history with contemporary scholarly developments and fresh historical inquiry, Hitler and the Holocaust is an indelible contribution to the literature of history.

Author: Robert S. Wistrich

Published:  2003.  Phoenix Press

245 Pages

Subjects: Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)

Icon of Evil: Hitler’s Mufti and the Rise of Radical Islam

The definitive account of the little-known 1920s Palestinian leader who allied himself with Hitler and forms the hidden link between the fascism of the twentieth century and the new fascism of the twenty-first.

Author: David G. Dalin and John F. Rothmann

Published: 2008  Random House Publishing Group

227  Pages

Subjects: Ḥusaynī, Amīn, 1893-1974.Mandates –Palestine.World War, 1939-1945. Arab-Israeli conflict.Palestine –History –1917-1948.