Entrance, training and promotion

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:
Entrance, training and promotion

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This chapter presents various examples to show that diplomacy was learned on the job, and Castlereagh sought to formalize this by attaching young men to the principal embassies. In addition to meeting the patronage needs of a new generation, Castlereagh sought to restock the corps with persons ‘properly qualified to discharge the functions of Secretary of Embassy and Secretary of Legation’. This came from a pool of public funds designated to cover the incidental expenses of Britain's missions. The status of the attaches as diplomats-in-training was thus clearly defined, much more so than that of their eighteenth-century predecessors had been. The study demonstrates diplomacy as a branch of power politics increasingly defined in ‘modern’ term.

Keywords: diplomacy; Castlereagh; training; embassy; power politics; public funds

Chapter.  9776 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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