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Diplomatic Theory from Machiavelli to Kissinger (Studies in Diplomacy and International Relations) [Paperback]

G.R. Berridge , Dr Maurice Keens-Soper , Dr Thomas Otte

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14 Feb 2001 Studies in Diplomacy and International Relations
This book offers an introductory guide for students to four centuries of diplomatic thought. Since diplomacy as we know it was created during the Renaissance in Italy, a number of major figures have reflected on the place of diplomacy in foreign affairs and the problems associated with its pursuit. These include statesmen, international lawyers and historians, most of whom had experience as diplomats of the first or second rank. This book examines the thought of some of the most important of them, from Niccolò Machiavelli in the early sixteenth century to Henry Kissinger in the late twentieth century.

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'...everyone can benefit from 200 scintillating pages on diplomatic practice...strongly recommended...' - Choice

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G.R. BERRIDGE is Professor of International Politics at the University of Leicester. He is General Editor of the Macmillan/St Martin's Press Studies in Diplomacy series and Associate Editor of OUP's New Dictionary of National Biography. His most recent books include International Politics: States, Power and Conflict since 1945 (3rd edition 1997), Talking to the Enemy: How States without 'Diplomatic Relations' Communicate (1994), Diplomacy: Theory and Practice (2nd edition 1999), and together with Alan James, a Dictionary of Diplomacy.

MAURICE KEENS-SOPER, a freelance writer, was formerly a Lecturer in the Department of Politics at the University of Leicester from 1964 until the end of the 1980s. In 1995 he was appointed a University Fellow in the University of Leicester and in 1997 won first prize in the Philip Morris Institute Europe Essay Competition. He is co-editor of Guide to the Political Classics and his most recent work is Europe and the World.

T.G. OTTE is Lecturer in International History at the University of the West of England, Bristol. He is the co-editor of Military Intervention: From Gunboat Diplomacy to Humanitarian Intervention (1995) and Personalities, War and Diplomacy: Essays in International History (1997), and the editor of The Makers of British Foreign Policy: From Pitt to Thatcher.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Fairly interesting collection 14 Aug 2001
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A fairly interesting collection of essays on diplomatic theorists of the modern era. Excellent sourcing and useful lists for further reading are included at the end of each essay. The biographical introductions for each of the writers come across with moderate success; the essays do not have the room to adequately outline the lives of these thinkers, and some of the causation and chronology seems a little shaky at times.
The usually ponder what the individual thinker was best known for. This does not mean that the writing will turn out to always be interesting. The best essays are those on Machiavelli, Gucciardini, Richelieu, and Kissinger. One of the greatest pitfulls is the lack of discussion -excepted by a brief treatment in the Kissinger piece- of the linkage between diplomacy and military policy.
The usefulness of this book can best be summed up as quick overviews of the theorists' perspectives on diplomatic activity. The essays' conclusions ought to be read first, and then a quick skim of the essays themselves. The citing is excellent, and thorough. The sources for further reading are very useful.
5.0 out of 5 stars Diplomatic 23 April 2011
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I bought this book because of Nicolo Machiavelli and Henry Kissinger, whom I consider masters in the art of politics. Also did not know that Machiavelli developed his model of diplomacy. This book seems to me extremely well written, well documented and required reading for students of political science, government and general culture
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