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T.G. Otte (ed.), Diplomacy and Power: Studies in Modern Diplomatic Practice Essays in Honour of Keith Hamilton

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Published: 2012 - download a flyer for this book
hardbound ISBN 9789089790934; EUR 75; USD 99 (2012) 230 pp.
paperback ISBN 9789089790941; EUR 39; USD 49 (2012) 230 pp.

New Directions in Diplomatic History, 4 (History of International Relations Library, 28)

About this book

Drawing on a wealth of archival and other material, the essays in this volume explore some of the central aspects of the evolution of modern diplomatic practice from the problems of late-nineteenth-century Great Power relations to emerging forms of twenty-first century diplomatic practice. This collection is also meant to honour the contribution made by Keith Hamilton to diplomatic history and diplomatic studies. In his own academic writings and behind the scenes, in the Historical Branch of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and as an editor of the official series Documents on British Policy Overseas, he has made an inestimable contribution to the development of diplomatic history and diplomatic studies in the United Kingdom and beyond.

Table of Contents

T.G. Otte – Introduction

1. Gill Bennett and Patrick Salmon – Keith Hamilton and the Foreign & Commonwealth Historians
2. Keith Neilson – Quot homines, tot sententiae: Bertie, Hardinge, Nicolson and British Foreign Policy, 1906-1916
3. T.G. Otte – ”The Pick of Ambassadors”: Sir Maurice de Bunsen, Edwardian Diplomatist
4. Erik Goldstein – “A prominent place would have to be taken by history”: The Origins of a Foreign Office Historical Section
5. Alastair Noble – Policing the Diktat or Embracing the Enemy? Britons in East Prussia, 1920
6. Christopher Baxter – Outrage on the road to Shanghai: Sir Hughe Knatchbull-Hugessen and Anglo-Japanese relations in the 1930s.
7. G.R. Berridge – “A Kind of Diplomatic Incantation”: Exchanging British and Japanese diplomats in the Second World War
8. Edward Johnson – “A World Power and a World Influence”: The United Nations and the Wilson Governments Search for a Role in Foreign Policy,1964-65
9. Richard Langhorne – The 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations: History and the Future


About the Editor

T.G. Otte is Senior Lecturer in Diplomatic History at the University of East Anglia. His latest book is The Foreign Office Mind: The Making of British Foreign Policy, 1865-1914 (2011).

This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 22 February, 2012.
Untitled document New Directions in Diplomatic History


Thomas Otte, University of East Anglia

John Charmley, University of East Anglia

Jeremy Black, University of Exeter


ISSN: 1875-0184

Editorial Board
Louise Atherton, The National Archives, United Kingdom;

Erik Goldstein, Boston University;

Lothar Hoebelt, Universität Wien;

Keith Neilson, Royal Military College of Canada;

Patrick Salmon, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, United Kingdom;

Zara Steiner, University of Cambridge

As current international relations are becoming more complex and less straightforward than the 'simple bipolar world order' (John Lewis Gaddis) that had shaped the politics of second half of the twentieth century, more attention is being given to the complex and multifaceted diplomatic history of earlier periods. New Directions in Diplomatic History is a peer-reviewed book series with special (though not exclusive) emphasis on the period 1648 to 1919 that aims to provide a designated outlet for what is the best and most innovative work in this growing field, specifically works that are conceptually innovative, and re-examine and challenge established orthodoxies. At its best, diplomatic history, by demonstrating what is changeable and what is enduring, prevents the depersonalization of the history of mankind, underlines the complexity of historical dynamics, and sharpens contemporary sensibilities between past precepts and present circumstances, despite altered externalities over the course of time. 

New Directions in Diplomatic History has an independent editorial team that works together with the team of History of International Relations, Diplomacy, and Intelligence, in which series it is included.  

Authors/Editors are cordially invited to submit proposals and/ or full manuscripts to the series editor or to the publisher Hendrik van Leusen.

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