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Eleanor Roosevelt's Views on Diplomacy and Democracy

The Global Citizen

  • Dario Fazzi
  • Anya Luscombe

Part of the The World of the Roosevelts book series (WOOROO)

About this book


"This volume fills a void in current studies of Eleanor Roosevelt. Offering a comprehensive analysis of Roosevelt as a diplomat during the Cold War era, it is particularly insightful in analyzing her position on United States race relations while at the United Nations. It provides a new look at Roosevelt’s leadership from an American perspective played out on a global stage."
Maurine H. Beasley, Professor Emerita, University of Maryland College Park, USA

This book focuses on Eleanor Roosevelt’s multifaceted agenda for the world. It highlights her advocacy of human rights, multilateral diplomacy, and transnationalism, and it emphasizes her challenge to gendered norms and racial relations. The essays of this collection describe Eleanor Roosevelt as a public intellectual, a politician, a public diplomat, and an activist. She was, undeniably, one of the protagonists of the twentieth century and a proactive interpreter of the many changes it brought about. She went through two world wars, the harshness of the Great Depression, and the emergence of nuclear confrontation, and she deciphered such crises as the product of misleading nationalism and egoism. Against them, she offered her commitment to people’s education as an example of civic engagement, which she considered necessary for the functioning of any democratic order. Such was the world Eleanor Roosevelt envisioned and tried to build – symbolically and practically – one where people, the citizens of the world, may really be at the center of international affairs. 


Diplomatic history US foreign policy American democracy citizen diplomacy The New Deal liberalism human rights FDR racial segregation

Editors and affiliations

  • Dario Fazzi
    • 1
  • Anya Luscombe
    • 2
  1. 1.Roosevelt Institute for American StudiesMiddelburgThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Utrecht UniversityMiddelburgThe Netherlands

About the editors

Dario Fazzi is a historian of US social and foreign policy history and works at the Roosevelt Institute for American Studies. He studies US cold-war relations and his main field of research lies in peace history and transatlantic history. He is the author of Eleanor Roosevelt and the Anti-Nuclear Movement: The Voice of Conscience (Palgrave, 2016) and has published articles, book chapters, and reviews on nuclear culture, peace movements, youth protests, transatlantic crossings, and base politics.

Anya Luscombe is associate professor of media at University College Roosevelt, where she teaches Rhetoric and Journalism, and affiliated researcher at the University of Utrecht’s Department of Media and Culture Studies. Her research interests include radio history, cultural history and Eleanor Roosevelt. She is the author of BBC Radio News, from the swinging sixties to the turbulent noughties (2013) and has published articles, book chapters and reviews on media, (transnational) broadcasting and women’s history. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Eleanor Roosevelt's Views on Diplomacy and Democracy
  • Book Subtitle The Global Citizen
  • Editors Dario Fazzi
    Anya Luscombe
  • Series Title The World of the Roosevelts
  • Series Abbreviated Title The World of the Roosevelts
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-42314-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-42317-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-42315-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 219
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics US History
    Political History
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