The Culture of Diplomacy

Britain in Europe, c.1750-1830

By Jennifer Mori

The Culture of Diplomacy


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8272-6
  • Pages: 256
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: April 2011
  • BIC Category: Modern History, History, United Kingdom, Great Britain, Society & social sciences / Diplomacy, Humanities / European history, European history, POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain


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.


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


Jennifer Mori is an Associate Professor in Early Modern British History at the University of Toronto

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