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British diplomats and diplomacy, 1688-1800 /
Jeremy Black.
Exeter : University of Exeter Press, 2001.
xii, 244 p. ; 25 cm.
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Exeter : University of Exeter Press, 2001.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 199-236) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2002-02-01:
Black's expertise and extensive record of publications in the field of 18th-century British foreign policy are well known among historians. Here he turns his attention to some of the "structural factors" that circumscribed the execution of that policy, particularly the organization, staffing, and conduct of the British diplomatic service. In several excellent chapters, Black (Univ. of Exeter) examines in turn the extent to which the recruitment of envoys relied on patronage, the "social politics" of rank and titles in diplomacy, the techniques and practices of the supervision of envoys and the dissemination of diplomatic information, and the nature and intrigues of diplomats' lives abroad. While it would be anachronistic to call the 18th-century diplomatic system professional, Black concludes that the British diplomatic corps was not only well suited to an era in which rank, protocol, and ceremony were essential elements of social intercourse, but also that it exhibited "a steady competence" in its ability to relay information and to engage in often spontaneous negotiations with foreign powers. The book is capped by an extremely useful bibliographic guide to collections of private and public diplomatic papers. Upper-division undergraduates and above. J. A. Jaffe University of Wisconsin--Whitewater
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This volume is a comprehensive discussion of British diplomats and diplomacy in the formative period in which Britain emerged as the leading world power.
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This book discusses British diplomats and diplomacy during the formative period in which Britain emerged as the leading world power. Jeremy Black uses the issue of diplomatic representation in order to discuss questions about the professionalism of British government, the nature of patronage and the degree to which Britain should be seen in this period as moving towards a more modern and bureaucratic system. Supported by copious quotations from their letters, the book focuses on an interesting group of individuals in order to provide an understanding of the capabilities of British foreign policy, and examines British diplomats and diplomacy in the context of the situation in other countries. It is based on a comprehensive mastery of British and foreign archival sources by a scholar whose work has has a remarkable impact in the historical world.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Diplomacy of a Rising World Powerp. 1
The Choice of Envoysp. 18
Effectivenessp. 51
The 'English Plan' of Diplomacyp. 64
Means of Controlp. 77
The Diplomatic Lifep. 96
Diplomats and the Information Societyp. 118
Diplomacy and British Foreign Policyp. 146
App.: Sourcesp. 177
Notesp. 199
Selected Further Readingp. 236
Indexp. 237
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