New Diplomatic History

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


New UNESCO Project

A new project is underway in Sweden that examines the expansion of international society in the twentieth century by way of digital analysis of discourse in UNESCO. More information on the project may be found on its website.

Calls for Papers

Two new calls for papers may be found on our call for papers page: Diplomacy between Crisis and Cooperation: Fourth Conference of the New Diplomatic History Network (Aarhus, 26-28 May 2021; proposals due 30 November 2020); and Public Health and Disease in the American Century (Middelburg, 21-22 Oct 2021; proposals due 1 Dec 2020)

Scandinavian Internationalist Diplomacy, 1920s-1970s

Registration for keynote speeches on zoom for the upcoming conference,  Scandinavian Internationalist Diplomacy, 1920s-1970s, may be done here:

More information on the conference may also be found on our call for papers page.

New Podcasts

Three new podcasts are now available: the first, with Rósa Magnúsdóttir from Aarhus University, on the cultural Cold War; the second, with Jeremy Black, from the University of Exeter, on histories of diplomacy and foreign policy; and the third with Johan Galtung, on diplomacy, civilisation, and peace. All three recordings may be found on our podcasts page.

Some Recent Articles of Note

John Krige, ‘Technodiplomacy: A Concept and Its Application to U.S.-France Nuclear Weapons Cooperation in the Nixon-Kissinger Era’ Federal History Issue 12, 2020.

T. G. Otte, ‘The Inner Circle: What is Diplomatic History? (And Why We Should Study It)’ History January 2020 reviewed by Ken Weisbrode, here:

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

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

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

Deepak Nair, ‘Saving Face in Diplomacy: A Political Sociology of Face-to-Face Interactions in ASEAN’, European Journal of International Relations January 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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