From Quills to Tweets

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320 pp., 6 x 9
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ISBN: 9781626167117 (1626167117)

320 pp., 6 x 9
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ISBN: 9781626167124 (1626167125)


December 2019
LC: 2019003697

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From Quills to Tweets
How America Communicates about War and Revolution
Andrea J. Dew, Marc A. Genest, and S. C. M. Paine, Editors

While today's presidential tweets may seem a light year apart from the scratch of quill pens during the era of the American Revolution, the importance of political communication is eternal. This book explores the roles that political narratives, media coverage, and evolving communication technologies have played in precipitating, shaping, and concluding or prolonging wars and revolutions over the course of US history. The case studies begin with the Sons of Liberty in the era of the American Revolution, cover American wars in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and conclude with a look at the conflict against ISIS in the Trump era. Special chapters also examine how propagandists shaped American perceptions of two revolutions of international significance, the Russian Revolution and the Chinese Revolution. Each chapter analyzes its subject through the lens of the messengers, messages, and communications technology media to reveal the effects on public opinion and the trajectory and conduct of the conflict. The chapters collectively provide an overview of the history of American strategic communications on wars and revolutions that will interest scholars, students, and communications strategists.


Andrea J. Dew is the Maritime Irregular Warfare Forces Chair and Co-Director of the Center on Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups at the US Naval War College.

Marc A. Genest is the Forrest Sherman Professor of Public Diplomacy in the Strategy and Policy Department at the US Naval War College.

S. C. M. Paine is the William S. Sims University Professor of History and Grand Strategy at the US Naval War College.


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"The American way of communicating war dates back to the 18th century and has matured alongside the development of the latest media technologies. For anyone wanting a comprehensive overview of how domestic and global publics have been informed about America's role in armed conflict, From Quills to Tweets is indispensable."—Philip Seib, Professor of Journalism and Public Diplomacy, International Relations, University of Southern California