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Introduction: More new diplomatic history

Jennifer Mori

in The Culture of Diplomacy

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780719082726
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702703 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719082726.003.0001
Introduction: More new diplomatic history

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This chapter seeks to strip the craft of the image of diplomacy as a ‘glamorous’ profession. The principal source base for this study is the private correspondence of c.50 diplomats and their families drawn from all ethnic groups in the British Isles. Postmodern approaches to history that inform other branches of the discipline are often greeted with a defensive hostility in international history. This study seeks rather to foster it, not through the rigorous application of theory to the interpretation of the past, but by the selective and sympathetic use of its concepts to elucidate aspects of human life and experience. This leads to the methodology employed namely the selective elucidation of diplomatic practice over time. The chapter also discusses cultural diplomacy before nongovernmental international organizations as a branch of international relations that can be defined in several ways.

Keywords: diplomatic history; British Isles; postmodern approaches; cultural diplomacy; ethnic groups; diplomatic practice; nongovernmental international organization

Chapter.  6817 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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