Latest issue: Vol. 5, No. 2 (October 2023)

Table of Contents


Gert Huskens
In the Shadow of Ancient Thebes: Belgian Consular Representation in Luxor and Local Elites, 1860 and 1937

Forum: Scandinavian Internationalist Diplomacy

Haakon A. Ikonomou, Carl Marklund, Andreas Mørkved Hellenes, and Rasmus Sinding Søndergaard

Michael Jonas
Intermediary Bodies in International Politics: Conceptual and Historical Observations on Northern Europe’s Small States in the International System in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Haakon A. Ikonomou, Karin van Leeuwen, and Morten Rasmussen
“Calculate the Limits of the Possible”: Scandinavian Legal Diplomacy, Diplomatic Arenas and the Establishment of the Permanent Court of International Justice

Carl Marklund and Andreas Mørkved Hellenes
The Diplomat and the Entrepreneur: Olof Aschberg – Converter of Capital, Trader in Trust

Frederik Forrai Ørskov
Three Settings for German-Nordic Cultural Diplomacy: Nordic Writers, the Deutsch-Nordische Schriftstellerhaus, and National Socialist Internationalism

Pavol Jakubec
Norwegian Internationalism and World War II Exile Diplomacy in Print

Melina Antonia Buns
Green Internationalism on Display: Motives, Structures, and Dynamics of Nordic Environmental Diplomacy during the 1970s

Rasmus S. Søndergaard
Scandinavian Diplomacy on Human Rights and Economic Inequality at the United Nations in the 1970s

Book Reviews

Karl W. Schweizer
Maria Vaiou (ed.), 2015. Diplomacy in the Early Islamic World: A Tenth Century Treatise on Arab-Byzantine Relations. The Book of Messengers of Kings (Kitab Rusul Al-Mulūk) of Ibn-Al-Farrā

Sean T. Byrnes
Frank Costigliola, 2023. Kennan: A Life Between Two Worlds

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, Peter Postma.

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

Peter Postma, Leiden University


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