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“REVERSE ENGINEERING” TPS

What kind of texts should you read?

TPS 2017

1) Christopher Meyer. Getting Our Way: 500 Years of Adventure and Intrigue:
the Inside Story of British Diplomacy. B/A
 Obs.: B/A stands for books or articles.
2) Christopher Meyer. Getting Our Way: 500 years of adventure and intrigue:
the inside story of British diplomacy.
3) No longer so male and stale. – The Economist
4) Chi Luu. When Did Colonial America Gain Linguistic Independence? Inter-
net: https://daily.jstor.org
5) Paul N. Edwards. The Closed World: Computers and the Politics of Dis-
course in Cold War America. B/A

TPS 2016

1) E. W. Said. Orientalism. – B/A


2) D. Massey. For space. London: Sage Publications, 200
3) T. Bierschenk. Book Review – Pierre Englebert (2009), Africa: unity, sover-
eignty, and sorrow. - http://journals.sub.unihamburg.de

4) The basic instruments of public diplomacy. – www.publicdiplomacy.org


5) Michael Johnson. The impact of political and diplomatic disputes on inter-
national business activity. B/A
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TPS 2015

1)Andrew F. Cooper. The changing nature of diplomacy. In: Andrew F. Cooper


and Jorge Heine. The Oxford Handbook of Modern Diplomacy – B/A
2) Aida Edemarian. Francis Bacon: box of tricks. - The Guardian
3)Virginia Woolf. Orlando – A biography, 1928 B/A
4) Mabel van Oranje and Graça Machel. Girls, not brides. Apr. 22nd 2015.
www.project-syndicate.org

TPS 2014

1) Book Review 1 – Karachi: Ordered Disorder and the Struggle for the City
(Amazon.com)
2) Book Review 2 – The China-Pakistan Axis: Asia’s New Geopolitics
(Amazon.com)
3) Makin, John H. The challenge of a lifetime.
4) Christopher Lasch. The Cult of Narcissism. Abacus, Londres, 1980 B/A
5) Roger Crowley. Empires of the Sea, The Final Battle for the Mediterranean,
1521-1580. B/A

TPS 2013

1) F. Pearce. What do we fix first – environment or economy? – Newscientist.


2) R. Onley. The future of global diplomacy. B/A
3) K.S. Abu Jaber, Language and Diplomacy. In: J. Kurbalija; H. Slavi (Eds.)
Language and Diplomacy. B/A
4) Taking a Cue From Bernanke a Little Too Far – New York Times

 Obs.: the article is on economics.

5) Simon Winschester. The Professor and the Madman – A Tale of Murder,


Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary. B/A
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TPS 2012

1) Godzilla’s grandchildren – The Economist


2) Can a planet survive the death of its sun? Scientists find two that did. –
Time.com

 Obs.: the article is on science.

3) Frederick Douglass. Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an Ameri-


can slave. B/A
4) Darkness and light. Andrew Graham-Dixon. Caravaggio: a life sacred and
profane B/A

Atenção!
The majority of texts are on international relations, society, literature, economics,
and politics.

TPS 2011

1) Barbara Tuchman. The proud power. MacMillan Company, 1966, p. 233 - B/A
2) Wikipedia. The promise and perils of crowdsourcing content – The Economist
3) Frederick L. Schuman. International politics: the destiny of then Western
state system. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1948,- B/A

TPS 2010

1) Oriana, the agitator – The New Yorker


2) Amartya Sem Times
3) Janice Warman. South Africa’s Rebel Whites – The Guardian
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TPS 2009
1) Don Cuppitt. The sea of faith. London: British Broadcasting Corporation,
1985, p. 181 (adapted). – B/A
2) Kate Connolly. History digs up the dirt on Martin Luther, In: The Guardian,
Monday, 27 Oct./2008. – The Guardian
3) Mark Mardell. Germany loses revs. BBC World News

TPS 2008
1) European energy – The Economist
2) The Gaza Strip: Back to abnormal The Economist
3) When Beijing goes buying – The Guardian

TPS 2007
1) No burqa bans – The Economist
2) Kenneth Maxwell. The making of Portuguese democracy (Books/Articles)

IDENTIFYING MAIN IDEAS


1) Identifying main ideas: an overall appreciation of the text (skimming, read-
ing for gist); for example:
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Comentário
Ironic excerpts:
• At the end of every summer, the French diplomatic service summons all its
ambassadors from around the world to Paris for a week of brainstorming
and fine cuisine. (1st paragraph)
• Does a female ambassador change anything? Besides the pressing linguis-
tic question of whether to call her Madame l’Ambassadrice (favoured by
some younger diplomats) or Madame l’Ambassadeur (which some prefer in
order to avoid being taken for an ambassador’s wife), the answer may be:
not all that much. (3rd paragraph)
The text indeed considers the changes in French diplomacy to be positive.
First, the author compares French, British and American diplomacy in terms
of female percentage. In the end, the text states: “Perhaps most importantly,
a less male representation projects a less fusty national image at a time
when soft power counts for ever more. In fact, feminisation seems to be part of
a broader French effort to “renew our global diplomacy for the 21st century”,
said Laurent Fabius, the foreign minister, whose predecessor but one was a
woman, Michèle Alliot-Marie.” (3rd paragraph)

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The author criticizes the tendency to generalize about Africa and states the
reality is more complex.

�Este material foi elaborado pela equipe pedagógica do Gran Cursos Online, de acordo com a
aula preparada e ministrada pelo professor Jônathas Silveira.
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