Communication and Conflict: Italian Diplomacy in the Early Renaissance, 1350-1520

Hardcover | October 3, 2015

byIsabella Lazzarini

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Diplomacy has never been a politically-neutral research field, even when it was confined to merely reconstructing the backgrounds of wars and revolutions. In the nineteenth century, diplomacy was integral to the grand narrative of the building of the modern "nation-State". This is the firstoverall study of diplomacy in Early Renaissance Italy since Garrett Mattingly's pioneering work in 1955. It offers an innovative approach to the theme of Renaissance diplomacy, sidestepping the classic dichotomy between medieval and early modern, and re-considering the whole diplomatic processwithout reducing it to the "grand narrative" of the birth of resident embassies. Communication and Conflict situates and explains the growth of diplomatic activity from a series of perspectives - political and institutional, cognitive and linguistic, material and spatial - and thus offers a highlysophisticated and persuasive account of causation, change, and impact in respect of a major political and cultural form.The volume also provides the most complete account to date of how it was that specifically Italian forms of diplomacy came to play such a central role, not only in the development of international relations at the European level, but also in the spread and application of humanism and of the newmodes of political thinking and political discussion associated with the generations of Machiavelli and Guicciardini.

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Diplomacy has never been a politically-neutral research field, even when it was confined to merely reconstructing the backgrounds of wars and revolutions. In the nineteenth century, diplomacy was integral to the grand narrative of the building of the modern "nation-State". This is the firstoverall study of diplomacy in Early Renaissanc...

Isabella Lazzarini studied at the Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, and became Professor of Medieval History at the University of Molise. Her research interests focus on the political, social, and cultural history of late medieval Italy, with an emphasis on Renaissance diplomacy and the growth of different political languages in document...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.97 inPublished:October 3, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionPart I: The framework1. The political geography of Italian diplomacy2. The polygenesis of diplomacy and the trajectories of change3. Sources for the study of diplomacyPart II: Diplomacy as a political action1. Information2. Negotiation3. CommunicationPart III: Diplomacy as a practice1. Diplomatic agents: an open social field2. Forms, actions, and rituals3. The spaces of diplomacyPart IV: Diplomacy as a political language and a cultural process1. The forms of diplomatic communication2. Argument and emotion3. Languages, lexis, and exchangesConclusionBibliographyIndex