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Diplomatic History: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

Joseph M. Siracusa

July 2021

ISBN: 9780192893918

176 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99

Diplomatic history is the critical study of the management of relations between nation-states. Based on significant historical case studies - the American Revolution, the origins of the Great War and its aftermath, Versailles, the Iraq War, and diplomacy in the age of globalization - this book locates the universal role of diplomatic negotiation.

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Diplomatic history is the critical study of the management of relations between nation-states. Based on significant historical case studies - the American Revolution, the origins of the Great War and its aftermath, Versailles, the Iraq War, and diplomacy in the age of globalization - this book locates the universal role of diplomatic negotiation.

  • Introduces diplomatic history, the critical study of the management of relations between nation-states
  • Illustrates diplomacy in action, focusing on significant case studies that have changed the course of modern history
  • Highlights the universal role of negotiations and identifes the key elements of success
  • Identifies the issues of diplomacy in the age of globalization, while warning of the return of Great Power rivalry
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions - over ten million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Joseph M. Siracusa, Professor of Political History and International Security at Curtin University, Australia

Joseph M. Siracusa is Professor of Political History and International Security at Curtin University, Australia, and President of Australia's Council for the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. A veteran historian, he is internationally known for his writings on diplomatic history, nuclear weapons, and global security. Professor Siracusa has authored numerous books, including Nuclear Weapons: A Very Short Introduction (3rd ed., Oxford University Press, 2020); and Richard M. Nixon and European Integration: A Reappraisal (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).

Table of Contents

    Preface
    1:Evolution of diplomacy
    2:Diplomacy of the American Revolution
    3:Diplomatic origins of the Great War and Versailles
    4:The night Stalin and Churchill divided Europe
    5:George W. Bush and the Iraq War
    6:Diplomacy in the age of globalization
    References and further reading
    Index

Reviews

"If the practice of diplomacy has always baffled you, this book is the key to unlock its mysteries. Professor Siracusa takes readers on an engaging journey into key historical moments, skillfully analyzing complex diplomatic decisions in user-friendly terms." - Alica Kizekova, Head of Asia Pacific Unit and Senior Researcher, Institute of International Relations Prague

"Joseph Siracusa's vast range and depth of knowledge of international history are on notable display in this valuable and accessible work. He utilizes incisive case studies of diplomacy from the American Revolution through to the age of globalization to provide a truly impressive introduction to the vital field of diplomatic history." - Wilson D. Miscamble, C.S.C., Professor of History, University of Notre Dame

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