Latest issue: Vol. 3, No. 1 (June 2021)
Table of Contents


Emmanuel Lemée
Harnessing Anger and Shame: Emotional Diplomacy in Early Modern Context

William Whitworth
Genuine Pacifism or Soviet Infiltration? Allied Responses to West German Rearmament Protests, 1950–52

Vanessa Bravo and María De Moya
Contesting the “Bad Hombres” Narrative: U.S. and Mexican Media Diplomacy and Presidential Strategic Narratives about Immigrants

Philip Post
Governors, Regents, and Rituals: an Exploration of Colonial Diplomacy in Ambon at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century

Deborah Cohn
Crafting the “Image of America”: The USIA/University of Pennsylvania Certificate in American Studies (1960–68)

Alessandro Tripepi
Jesuit Diplomacy towards Japan. The Tenshō Embassy, the Dialogue with Hideyoshi, and the Emergence of a “Global Model” (1582–90)

Forum: History and Practice of City Diplomacy

Michele Acuto, Anna Kosovac, and Kris Hartley
City Diplomacy: Another Generational Shift?

Halvard Leira and Benjamin de Carvalho
The Intercity Origins of Diplomacy: Consuls, Empires, and the Sea

Niedja de Andrade e Silva Forte dos Santos
Towards a Conceptual Framework for City Diplomacy: a Practitioner’s Perspective

Tessa de Boer
Ma coustume ne soit de m’addresser aux villes”: Early Modern Amsterdam’s Dealings in City Diplomacy

Louis Clerc
A Different View on City Diplomacy: Mid-sized Baltic Towns and Their International Contacts

Nicholas J. Cull
British Cities versus Apartheid: UK Local Authority Activism as City Diplomacy

Efe Sevin
Bright Future for City Diplomacy and Soft Power

Book Reviews

Houssine Alloul
Robert Holland, 2018. The Warm South: How the Mediterranean Shaped the British Imagination

Erica Heinsen-Roach
Mika Suonpää and Owain Wright (eds.), 2019. Diplomacy and Intelligence in the Nineteenth-Century Mediterranean World

Darren M. Smith
Jan Hennings, 2016. Russia and Courtly Europe: Ritual and the Culture of Diplomacy, 1648–1725

Martin Almbjär
Beate-Christine Fiedler and Christine van den Heuvel (eds.), 2019. Friedensordnung und machtpolitische Rivalitäten: Die Schwedsichen Besitzungen in Niedersachsen im europäischen Kontext zwischen 1648 und 1721

Shahid Hussain
Michael Talbot, 2017. British-Ottoman Relations, 1661–1807: Commerce and Diplomatic Practice in Eighteenth-Century Istanbul

Benedetto Zaccaria
Carla Konta, 2020. US Public Diplomacy in Socialist Yugoslavia, 1957–70

Christian Windler
Erica Heinsen-Roach, 2019. Consuls and Captives: Dutch-North African Diplomacy in the Early Modern Mediterranean (Changing Perspectives on Early Modern Europe)

The Mattingly Prize

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

Cátia 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, University of Cambridge

Tosh Minohara, Kobe University

Iver B. Neumann, Fridtjof Nansen Institute

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