Eyes Abroad: The Neglected Political History of Foreign Correspondents

Lecture Description

Focusing on the era between the two world wars, this lecture argues for the importance of American foreign correspondents as political players, whose knowledge and judgments of developments abroad often bested the information held by diplomatic staff. The lecture will focus on the crucial work of foreign correspondents for American newspapers between the two world wars, who reported the dire political changes occurring with the rise of fascism and authoritarianism in Europe. The lecture will highlight the influence of a few outstanding personalities, such as Dorothy Thompson and John Gunther, in moving the American populace to look beyond their own borders. It will point out what is lost in separating the history of journalism from political history.


Mass Communications Politics

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