New Diplomatic History

investigating diplomacy as an extension of social interests, forces, and environments


Mattingly Prize Winner

Every year Brill, the editorial board of Diplomatica, and the New Diplomatic History Network award an annual prize for an article of excellence and originality on the subject of diplomatic society or culture, broadly defined. The first recipient of the Mattingly Prize is Sam de Schutter for his article in Volume 1, Issue 2: ‘A Global Approach to Local Problems? How to Write a Longer, Deeper, and Wider History of the International Year of Disabled Persons in Kenya’. Mr. de Schutter is a PhD candidate at Leiden University, where his research is part of the ERC project ‘Rethinking Disability: The Global Impact of the International Year of Disabled Persons (1981) in Historical Perspective’. An interview with the winner may be read here.

NDH and the British International History Group

Members of the NDH network are invited to propose papers and panels at the next conference of the British International History Group (BIHG). More information about the 2020 conference may be found here. A summary of NDH’s contribution last year may be found here.

New Issue of Diplomatica

The latest issue of our journal, Vol. 1, No. 2, is now available free online. A discussion about it took place Thursday, 12 December, at Leiden University, from 1600 to 1800. More information about the event may be found here.

Some Recent Articles of Note

Gemma Allen, ‘The Rise of the Ambassadress: English Ambassadorial Wives and Early Modern Diplomatic Culture’, The Historical Journal September 2019

David E. Banks, ‘Fields of Practice: Symbolic Binding and the Qing Defense of Sinocentric Diplomacy’, International Studies Quarterly July 2019

Barbara Keys, ‘The Diplomat’s Two Minds: Deconstructing a Foreign Policy Myth’, Diplomatic History November 2019


It is our pleasure to announce an upgrade of our website thanks to friends at the Roosevelt Institute for American Studies and Leiden University who have redesigned the site and now provide us with an operational base. We are grateful to our former sponsor and host, the Toynbee Prize Foundation and the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, for their past support. Please have a look at the new site and share your thoughts. Those who wish to contribute to the forum and to the list of publications should feel free to inform us at any time by writing to newdiplo [at] gmail [dot] com.

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