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The Practice of Diplomacy

Its Evolution, Theory and Administration, 2nd Edition

By Keith Hamilton, Professor Richard Langhorne


318 pages

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Practice of Diplomacy has become established as a classic text in the study of diplomacy. This much-needed second edition is completely reworked and updated throughout and builds on the strengths of the original text with a strong empirical and historical focus.

Topics new and updated for this edition include:

  • discussion of Ancient and non-European diplomacy including a more thorough treatment of pre-Hellenic and Muslim diplomacy and the diplomatic methods prevalent in the inter-state system of the Indian sub-continent
  • evaluation of human rights diplomacy from the nineteenth-century campaign against the slave trade onwards
  • a fully updated and revised account of the inter-war years and the diplomacy of the Cold War, drawing on the latest scholarship in the field
  • an entirely new chapter discussing core issues such as climate change; NGOs and coalitions of NGOs; trans-national corporations; foreign ministries and IGOs; the revolution in electronic communications; public diplomacy; transformational diplomacy and faith-based diplomacy.

This text has established itself as a core text in the field of diplomacy and this new edition is absolutely essential reading for students and practitioners of diplomacy.


`It offers a valuable guide to both the tyro-diplomat and to the student of international relations … Written in a clear, brisk style, this is a scholarly work.' - Contemporary Review

Table of Contents

1. The Old World 2. The Diplomacy of the Renaissance and the Resident Ambassador 3. The Emergence of the ‘Old Diplomacy’ 4. The ‘Old Diplomacy’ 5. The New Diplomacy 6. Total Diplomacy 7. Global Diplomacy 8. Diplomacy Transformed and Transcended

About the Authors

Keith Hamilton is an historian in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. His most recent publication (co-edited with Patrick Salmon) is Slavery, Diplomacy and Empire: Britain and the Suppression of the Slave Trade, 1807-1975 (2009).

Richard Langhorne is Professor of Global Politics at the University of Buckingham and a Full Professor in the Division of Global Affairs at Rutgers University, USA. He was formerly Director of Wilton Park, FCO, (1993-1996) and Director of the Centre of International Studies at Cambridge University (1987-1993).

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