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Twentieth-Century Diplomacy
A Case Study of British Practice, 1963–1976

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  • Date Published: January 2009
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  • isbn: 9780511460357

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  • In contrast to most works of international history, which dwell on particular relationships, strategies, wars or crises, the questions in this book are about how diplomacy was actually conducted. The period 1963–76 saw significant changes in diplomatic practice globally. It was particularly a time of change for Britain as the country negotiated its declining world power and joined the European Community and economic problems forced spending cuts. Looking at the reform of the British Diplomatic Service and Foreign Office as well as the role of ambassadors, the use of 'special' envoys, summits and state visits, John Young sheds light on how diplomacy was organised in order to put into effect the country's foreign policy and on how diplomatic practice changed over time to make it more effective. Drawing comparisons with other countries, especially the United States, this study focuses on the means of diplomacy rather than the ends.

    • Provides the first county-based case study of diplomatic methods in the twentieth century
    • Sheds light on the impact of changes in diplomatic practice on inter-state relations
    • Will appeal to scholars of British and international history, international relations and diplomatic studies
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This is a very useful book for anyone seeking a close focus on a period of British diplomacy or trawling for examples from which to draw general conclusions on the practices and principles of diplomacy." -Richard Davy, Journal of Cold War Studies

    "John W. Young has provided a skilled exploration of the ways in which diplomacy was actually conducted … Mr Young's original, engaging and authoritative study succeeds in the important goal of bringing diplomatic practice more to the foreground of relations between states."
    Contemporary Review

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    • Date Published: January 2009
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511460357
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Policy and policy-makers
    2. The diplomatic machine
    3. Resident ambassadors
    4. Special missions
    5. Bilateral summitry
    6. Multilateral diplomacy
    7. State visits
    8. Recognition and unconventional diplomacy
    Conclusion.

  • Author

    John W. Young, University of Nottingham

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