Empathy in the Global World: An Intercultural Perspective is ideal for a wide range of courses, including Conflict/Negotiation/Mediation, Intercultural Communication, and Interpersonal Communication.

The Creation of Empathy: From Ancients to Moderns

The creation of empathy: From ancients to moderns


In Eritrea, there is a powerful story concerning British liberation of citizens from fascist rule in a small town, Keren, that has been passed down from generation to generation. According to popular legend, as reported in Michela Wrong's (2005) book, “I Didn't Do It for You”: How the World Betrayed a Small African Nation, a British captain “leading his weary men on the march from Keren into Asmara” met an old Eritrean woman “wrapped in the ghostly white shroud of the highlands” (p. 98).

To express her jubilee over her country “being saved from Italian Fascist rule and the start of a new era of hoped-for-prosperity,” the old woman ululated in ...

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