Diplomatica 2(2): Gift and Tribute in Early Modern Diplomacy: Afro-Eurasian Perspectives. Guest-edited by Birgit Tremml-Werner, Lisa Hellman and Guido van Meersbergen

Gifts and tribute are a hot topic in studies of early modern diplomacy, resulting in much stimulating new work on diplomatic exchanges particularly in a global context. The special issue “Gift and Tribute in Early Modern Diplomacy: Afro-Eurasian Perspectives” expands on this ongoing shift towards a global, multicentric perspective by using gift-giving as the lens through which to analyse a diverse set of inter-polity relations spanning the continents of Africa, Europe and Asia. It illuminates the role of gifts and tribute as key agents in imperial expansion, conflict management, and the negotiation of protection and patronage in different parts of the world. It also emphasises that to achieve a truly global perspective on the development of diplomatic norms and practices, concerted collaborative analysis from scholars with different linguistic, disciplinary, and subject expertise is needed…

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Some Recent Articles of Note

John Krige, ‘Technodiplomacy: A Concept and Its Application to U.S.-France Nuclear Weapons Cooperation in the Nixon-Kissinger Era’ Federal History Issue 12, 2020.

T. G. Otte, ‘The Inner Circle: What is Diplomatic History? (And Why We Should Study It)’ History January 2020 reviewed by Ken Weisbrode, here:

Gemma Allen, ‘The Rise of the Ambassadress: English Ambassadorial Wives and Early Modern Diplomatic Culture’, The Historical Journal September 2019

Barbara Keys, ‘The Diplomat’s Two Minds: Deconstructing a Foreign Policy Myth’, Diplomatic History November 2019

David E. Banks, ‘Fields of Practice: Symbolic Binding and the Qing Defense of Sinocentric Diplomacy’, International Studies Quarterly July 2019

Deepak Nair, ‘Saving Face in Diplomacy: A Political Sociology of Face-to-Face Interactions in ASEAN’, European Journal of International Relations January 2019.


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