The Diplomats World: A Cultural History of Diplomacy, 1815-1914

Hardcover | November 9, 2008

EditorMarkus Mosslang, Torsten Riotte

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This volume explores the history of nineteenth-century diplomacy and in a new and innovative way. Drawing on the diplomats' many and varied encounters between their own individual and professional circles and the 'wider world', this study discusses diplomacy as a part of the cultural historyof politics. While many modern works on foreign affairs marginalize the nature of diplomatic practice, this volume links form and content, presenting diplomacy as both a real world experience and a structural element in international relations. All sixteen essays share a common interest in theinterdependencies between individual personalities, experiences, and structural context and their relevance to the conduct of diplomacy and, ultimately, the outcome of diplomatic events. Among the topics covered are the social history and the operating norms of the diplomatic establishment, theinfluence of the public sphere on the conduct of diplomacy, the role of etiquette and protocol in diplomatic encounters, and the impact of traditions and ideology, and administrative regulations and local necessities on diplomatic practice. The case studies illustrate the close links betweenofficial and sometimes not so official interstate relations in the period between the Congress of Vienna and the outbreak of the First World War. The way in which the transformation of the political landscape affected political decision-making is discussed not only for the European great powers, butalso as an international and global phenomenon. The comparative approach of this volume permits the inclusion of secondary European states such as Switzerland and non-European states in America, Asia, and North Africa. Diplomacy is thus presented as a transnational phenomenon in its ownright.

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This volume explores the history of nineteenth-century diplomacy and in a new and innovative way. Drawing on the diplomats' many and varied encounters between their own individual and professional circles and the 'wider world', this study discusses diplomacy as a part of the cultural historyof politics. While many modern works on forei...

Markus Mosslang is a fellow at the German Historical Institute London and editor of the multi-volume edition British Envoys to Germany. He specializes in the study of Anglo-German relations, the history of diplomacy, and nineteenth-century German and British history. Previously he was a research assistant at the University of Munich. ...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:480 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.26 inPublished:November 9, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Markus Mosslang and Torsten Riotte: Introduction: The Diplomats' WorldPart I: The Diplomatic Establishment2. Thomas G. Otte: 'Outdoor Relief for the Aristocracy'? European Nobility and Diplomacy, 1850-19143. William D. Godsey, Jr.: The Culture of Diplomacy and Reform in the Austro-Hungarian Foreign Office, 1867-19144. Saho Matsumoto-Best: The Art of Diplomacy: British Diplomats and the Collection of Italian Renaissance Paintings, 1851-1917Part II: Diplomacy and the Public Sphere5. William Mulligan: Mobs and Diplomats: The Alabama Affair and British Diplomacy, 1865-18726. Dominik Geppert: The Public Challenge to Diplomacy: German and British Ways of Dealing with the Press, 1890-1914Part III: Public Politics and Diplomatic Protocol7. Susanne Schattenberg: The Diplomat as 'an actor on a great stage before all people'? A Cultural History of Diplomacy and the Portsmouth Peace Negotiations of 19058. Verena Steller: The Power of Protocol: On the Mechanisms of Symbolic Action in Diplomacy in Franco-German Relations, 1871-1914Part IV: Diplomatic Encounters9. Antony Best: The Role of Diplomatic Practice and Court Protocol in Anglo-Japanese Relations, 1867-190010. Sabine Mangold: Oriental Slowness? Friedrich Rosen's Expedition to the Sultan of Morocco's Court in 1906Part V: Representing the Republic11. David Paull Nickles: US Diplomatic Etiquette during the Nineteenth Century12. Claude Altermatt: On Special Mission: Switzerland and its Diplomatic SystemPart VI: Outsiders in the Diplomats' World13. C. R. Pennell: The Social History of British Diplomats in North Africa and how it Affected Diplomatic Policy14. Martin Ott: Crossing the Atlantic: Bavarian Diplomacy and the Formation of Consular Services Overseas, 1820-187115. G. R. Berridge: Nation, Class, and Diplomacy: The Diminishing of the Dragomanate of the British Embassy in Constantinople, 1810-191416. Matthew S. Seligmann: 'While I am in it I am not of it': A Naval Attache's Reflections on the Conduct of British Diplomacy and Foreign Policy, 1906-1908