This is not a traditional international relations text that deals with war, trade or power politics. Instead, this book offers an authoritative analysis of the social, cultural and intellectual aspects of diplomatic life in the age of the Enlightenment and the French Revolution. It authoritatively illustrates several modes of Britain's engagement with Europe, whether political, artistic, scientific, literary or cultural.
Mori consults an impressively wide range of sources for this study including the private and official papers of 50 men and women in the British diplomatic service. Attention is given to topics rarely covered in diplomatic history such as the work and experiences of women and issues of national, regional and European identity
This book will be essential reading for students and lecturers of the history of International Relations and will offer a fascinating insight in to the world of diplomatic relations to all those with an interest in British and European history. -- .
Jennifer Mori is an Associate Professor in Early Modern British History at the University of Toronto -- .
Introduction- New Diplomatic History Part I: The Structure of a Service 1. Why Diplomacy? 2. Education, Training and Promotion 3. Family, Sex and Marriage Part II: Of Cabbages and Kings 4. Etiquette and Face 5. Favourites and Flunkeys 6. Gossips, Networks and News Part III: Beyond the Call of Duty 7. The Grand Tour 8. From Ancients to Moderns 9. War, Ethnography and Religion Conclusion: Diplomacy Transformed? Appendix A: Male Diplomats Appendix B: Female Diplomats Bibliography -- .