Latest issue: Vol. 1, No. 1 (April 2019)


Giles Scott-Smith and Kenneth Weisbrode



The State of the Art. The Way of the Future

Jennifer Mori

The Diplomatic Corps of Things

Jason Dittmer

Re-evaluating Theory and Methods in Diplomatic History: Bringing in Psychology, Neuroscience, Micro-Sociology, and Quantum

Marcus Holmes

Literary Diplomacy: the Margins of Representation

Timothy Hampton

Diplomacy and the History of International Relations: Redefining a Conflictual Relationship

Laurence Badel

Whither Diplomatic History? An Early-Modern Historian’s Perspective

Toby Osborne

Rethinking the Geographies of Diplomacy

Fiona McConnell



What is Sociability in Diplomacy?

Naoko Shimazu

Apocalyptic Diplomacy

John Watkins


Roundtable on Brexit

Did We Ever Really Understand How the EU Works?

The Brexit Negotiations and What They Say about Britain’s Misunderstanding of the EU
Piers Ludlow

Brexit Diplomacy: the Strange Case of Security and Defense

Anne Deighton

Brexit Diplomacy, Trump, and the UK’s “Special Relationship” with the United States

Klaus Larres


Book Reviews

Justice and Diplomacy: Resolving Contradictions in Diplomatic Practice and International Humanitarian Law, edited by Mark S. Ellis, Yves Doutriaux, Timothy W. Ryback, 2018

Alison Ruth Holmes

After Lavinia: A Literary History of Premodern Marriage Diplomacy, written by John Watkins, 2017

Isabella Lazzarini

Moralische Eroberungen als Instrumente der Diplomatie. Die Informations- und Pressepolitik des Auswärtigen Amts 1902–1914, written by Martin Wroblewski, 2016

Elisabeth Piller

International Organizations and the Media in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: Exorbitant Expectations, edited by Jonas Brendebach, Martin Herzer and Heidi Tworek, 2018

Emil Eiby Seidenfaden

The Diplomacy of Decolonisation: America, Britain and the United Nations During the Congo Crisis 1960–64, written by Alanna O’Malley, 2018

Volker Prott

Face-to-Face Diplomacy: Social Neuroscience and International Relations, written by Marcus Holmes, 2018

Susanna Erlandsson


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