Latest issue: Vol. 2, No. 2 (December 2020)
Table of Contents

Forum: Gift and Tribute in Early Modern Diplomacy: Afro-Eurasian Perspectives

Birgit Tremml-Werner, Lisa Hellman, and Guido van Meersbergen
Introduction. Gift and Tribute in Early Modern Diplomacy: Afro-Eurasian Perspectives

Ruben Gonzalez-Cuerva
A Diamond or a Bear: the Spanish Court’s Practices of Gift-Giving with Extra-European Embassies

Rémi Dewière
Ismaël pria Osman de luy donner quelques Chrestiens”: Gift Exchanges and Economic Reciprocity in trans-Saharan Diplomacy (Sixteenth–Seventeenth Centuries)

Jose M. Escribano-Páez
Diplomatic Gifts, Tributes and Frontier Violence: Circulation of Contentious Presents in the Moluccas (1575–1606)

Guido van Meersbergen
“Intirely the Kings Vassalls”: East India Company Gifting Practices and Anglo-Mughal Political Exchange (c. 1670–1720)

Christian Windler
Gift and Tribute in Early Modern Diplomacy: a Comment

Review Essay

Michael Jonas
The German Confederation as an International Organization: a Historiographical Essay on Current Debates

Book Reviews

Albertine Bloemendal
Diederik Oostdijk, Bells for America: The Cold War, Modernism, and the Netherlands Carillon in Arlington

Mathias Haeussler
Gottfried Niedhart, Durch den Eisernen Vorhang: Die Ära Brandt und das Ende des Kalten Kriegs

Alison Ruth Holmes
Parama Sinha Palit, Analysing China’s Soft Power Strategy and Comparative Indian Initiatives

Michael L. Krenn
Victoria Phillips, Martha Graham’s Cold War: The Dance of American Diplomacy

An interview with Victoria Phillips may be found on the podcasts page.

Isabella Lazzarini
Frédéric Bauden, Malika Dekkiche (Eds.), Mamluk Cairo, a Crossroads for Embassies. Studies on Diplomacy and Diplomatics

Emil Eiby Seidenfaden
Daniel Hucker, Public Opinion and Twentieth-Century Diplomacy. A Global Perspective

Luca Zenobi
Malise Ruthven (Ed.), Carving up the Globe. An Atlas of Diplomacy

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