Latest issue: Vol. 1, No. 2 (December 2019)
Table of Contents

Paul van Trigt
Scripts for a New Stage: United Nations’ Observances and New Perspectives on Diplomatic History


Veronika Flegar
UNHCR’s Shifting Frames in the Social Construction of Disabled Refugees: Two Case Studies on the Organization’s Work During the World Refugee Year (1959–1960) and the International Year of Disabled Persons (1981)

Ned Richardson-Little
From Tehran to Helsinki: the International Year of Human Rights 1968 and State Socialist Eastern Europe

Linde Lindkvist
1979: a Year of the Child, but Not of Children’s Human Rights

Sam de Schutter
A Global Approach to Local Problems? How to Write a Longer, Deeper, and Wider History of the International Year of Disabled Persons in Kenya

Lukas Schemper
Science Diplomacy and the Making of the United Nations International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction

Monika Baár
International Days at the United Nations: Expanding the Scope of Diplomatic Histories

Louis Clerc
Review Essay∵A Renewal of Diplomatic History or the Continuation of Old Trends? Selected Readings from the French-speaking Field of International History

Book Reviews

Alexandros Nafpliotis
Diplomacy: Communication and the Origins of International Order, written by Robert F. Trager. 2017

Benjamin Coates
War, Law and Humanity: The Campaign to Control Warfare, 1853–1914, written by James Crossland. 2018
A discussion with Dr Crossland may be heard here and on our podcasts page.

Jorrit van den Berk
Diplomacy Meets Migration: US Relations with Cuba during the Cold War, written by Hideaki Kami. 2018.

Karen Gram-Skjoldager
Eric Drummond and his Legacies. The League of Nations and the Beginnings of Global Governance, written by David Macfadyen, Michael Davies, Marilyn Carr and John Burley. 2019

Maartje Abbenhuis
Navigating Semi-Colonialism: Shipping, Sovereignty, and Nation-Building in China, 1860–1937, written by Anne Reinhardt. 2018

Nur Bilge Criss
International Relations, Music and Diplomacy, Sounds and Voices on the International Stage, edited by Frédéric Ramel and Cécile Prévost-Thomas. 2018

Roberto Duran
The Ideas and Practices of the European Union’s Structural Antidiplomacy: An Unstable Equilibrium, written by Steffen Bay Rasmussen. 2018

Thomas Gidney
The Making of Indian Foreign Policy: A Critique of Eurocentrism, written by Deep K Datta-Ray. 2015

Isabella Lazzarini
Practices of Diplomacy in the Early Modern World c. 1410–1800, edited by Tracey A. Sowerby, Jan Hennings 2017

Books for Review



Diplomatica: A Journal of Diplomacy and Society addresses the broad range of work being done across the social sciences and the humanities that takes diplomacy as its focus of investigation. The journal explores and investigates diplomacy as an extension of social interests, forces, and environments. It is multidisciplinary, providing a space to unite perspectives from diplomatic history (humanities) and diplomatic studies (social sciences) in particular. It is interdisciplinary, expanding beyond its disciplinary foundation of history to enrich historical perspectives with innovative analyses from other disciplines. It seeks to broaden the study of diplomacy temporally, contributing to a re-appraisal of diplomacy across the modern and early modern eras and beyond, in this way bridging temporal divides and introducing debate between scholars of different periodizations. It is determinedly global in orientation, providing a space for inter-regional comparisons.

Diplomatica seeks to merge diplomatic history and diplomatic studies through three main approaches:

1. Habitat: Exploring the multiple identities, behaviors, rituals, and belief systems of diplomats and how they change according to time, place, and space;

2. Actors: Challenging the centrality of the nation-state as the principal actor framing an understanding of what diplomacy is by focusing equally on the role of non-state actors;

3. Disciplines: Introducing appropriate methodologies from the social sciences, such as prosopography, network analysis, gender studies, economics, geography, and communications, in order to broaden the analytical study of diplomatic habitats, actors, and interactions through time.

Broadly speaking, Diplomatica covers the study of diplomatic process more than the study of diplomatic product. It questions, investigates, and explores all aspects of the diplomatic world, from interactions between the professionally diplomatic and the non-diplomatic to the arrangement of summits and banquets, the architecture of ministries and residences, and the identities, roles, practices, and networks of envoys, policy entrepreneurs, salonnières, and all other private and quasi-private individuals who affect the course of diplomacy.

The journal welcomes submissions dealing with any period and locale from across the humanities and social sciences. Submissions should be standard article length (approximately 8,000 words including footnotes) and written for a general, scholarly audience.

For editorial queries and proposals, please contact the Diplomatica Editorial Office.
For book review queries, please contact the book review editor, Haakon Ikonomou.

The Mattingly Award

Brill, the editorial board of Diplomatica, and the New Diplomatic History Network are pleased to provide an annual award for excellence and originality in an essay on diplomatic society or culture, broadly defined. The Mattingly Award is named for the American historian, Garrett Mattingly (1900-62), an esteemed writer, scholar, and professor at Columbia University. Best known for his history of the Spanish Armada (1959), which won the Pulitzer Prize, and his biography of Catherine of Aragon (1941), Mattingly pioneered the study of diplomatic institutions, practices, norms, and personalities, notably in his classic history of early modern Europe, Renaissance Diplomacy (1955).


Giles Scott-Smith, Leiden University

Kenneth Weisbrode, Bilkent University


Book Review Editor

Haakon Ikonomou, University of Copenhagen


Editorial Board

Rebecca Adler-Nissen, University of Copenhagen

Catia Antunes, Leiden University

Laurence Badel, University of Paris 1

Corneliu Bjola, University of Oxford

Alessandro Brogi, University of Arkansas

Costas Constantinou, University of Cyprus

Noe Cornago, University of the Basque Country

Maurits Ebben, Leiden University

Jessica Gienow-Hecht, Free University of Berlin

Petra Goedde, Temple University

Karen Gram-Skjoldager, University of Aarhus

Jan Hennings, Central European University

Isabella Lazzarini, University of Molise

Helen McCarthy, Queen Mary University of London

Iver B. Neumann, Museum of Cultural History, Oslo University

Thomas Otte, University of East Anglia

Geoffrey Allen Pigman, University of Pretoria

Priscilla Roberts, City University of Macau

J. Simon Rofe, SOAS University of London

Jonathan Rosenberg, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York

Naoko Shimazu, Yale-NUS College Singapore

Tracey Sowerby, University of Oxford

Zara Steiner, Fellow Emeritus of Murray-Edwards College, University of Cambridge

John Watkins, University of Minnesota

Ellen R. Welch, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Christian Windler, University of Bern