Latest issue: Vol. 4, No. 2 (September 2022)
Table of Contents


Forum: Diplomacy and the Natural Environment

Shaine Scarminach
Sovereignty at Sea: The United States, Ecuador, and the Fisheries Dispute in the Eastern Tropical Pacific, 1945–75

Klaudia Kuchno
Land of Frosts and Great Beasts: Poland and Lithuania in the Accounts of Papal and Venetian Diplomats

Jenniver Sehring, Susanne Schmeier, Rozemarijn ter Horst, Alyssa Offutt, and Bota Sharipova
Diving Into Water Diplomacy – Exploring the Emergence of a Concept

Mariia Koskina
“American Dream – Soviet Reality”: Industrialization and Environmentalism in Soviet Cold War Public Diplomacy

Niedja de Andrade e Silva Forte dos Santos and Sandra Maria Rodrigues Balão
Natural Resources as an Asset of City Diplomacy: a Portrait of Jingdezhen and Its White Gold

Tatiana Bakhmetyeva
Diplomacy in the Woods: Nature, Hunting, Masculinity, and Soviet Diplomacy under N.S. Khrushchev

Book Reviews

Emil Eiby Seidenfaden
Carolyn N. Biltoft, 2021. A Violent Peace: Media, Truth and Power at the League of Nations

Quincy Cloet
Harumi Goto-Shibata, 2020. The League of Nations and the East Asian Imperial Order, 1920–1946

Karen Gram-Skjoldager, Haakon A. Ikonomou, and Torsten Kahlert, 2020. Organizing the 20th-century World: International Organizations and the Emergence of International Public Administration, 1920–1960s

Deepak Mawar, 2021. States Undermining International Law: The League of Nations, United Nations, and Failed Utopianism

Bob Reinalda, 2020. International Secretariats: Two Centuries of International Civil Servants and Secretariats

Cathleen Sarti
Maurits Ebben and Louis Sicking (eds.), 2021. Beyond Ambassadors: Consuls, Missionaries, and Spies in Premodern Diplomacy

Karl W. Schweizer
Karin Kneissl, 2020. Diplomatie Macht Geschichte: Die Kunst des Dialogs in unsicheren Zeiten

Selim Deringil
Ozan Özavci, 2021. Dangerous Gifts: Imperialism, Security, and Civil Wars in the Levant 1798–1864

Jordan Tama
Rasmus Sinding Søndergaard, 2020. Reagan, Congress, and Human Rights. Contesting Morality in US Foreign Policy

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