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Paperback Renaissance Diplomacy Book

ISBN: 0486255700

ISBN13: 9780486255705

Renaissance Diplomacy

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Famed historian's definitive history of the origins of diplomacy, tracing the diplomat's role as it emerged in the Italian city-states and spread northward in the 16th and 17th centuries. "An important book...carefully and elegantly written." - The Times (London). "Excellent." - New York Herald Tribune . Notes. Bibliography. Index.

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Rise of Ambassadors in the Renaissance

In this classic study, Garrett Mattingly describes the development of diplomatic methods and carefully delineates the diplomatic history beginning during the Renaissance that made these diplomatic procedures necessary. As relations between European states increased during the Renaissance, and later as religious differences arose between states, a system of permanent diplomatic representation became common. Resident ambassadors represented their government, negotiated and observed their resident country. The increasing frequency of relations in Italy made resident ambassadors a necessary tool.The breakneck speed of diplomatic relations in Italy began in Milan, who had more spendable money than the other Italian states. Mattingly follows the adoption of resident ambassador from state to state as each state discovers the advantages of resident ambassador. Mattingly follows the labyrinthine diplomacy of the Italian wars, the Hapsburg Valois wars and the religious wars, and how the use of resident ambassadors affected them. We see how individual kings adopted the use of resident ambassadors, and meet some of the more notable ambassadors. Mattingly shows how the religious wars were hard times for diplomats who served in countries with different beliefs from their own. Mattingly displays a deep understanding of the wide range of both primary and secondary sources he has used

mattingly superb

I look forward to this book with great eagerness. Mattingly is a rare and superb historian who not only knows his subject thoroughly but tells the tale with great novel-like suspense. This is surely an excellent companion to his other historical books which are difficult to put down, even for the historically apathetic. Mattingly died in 1962; the fact his books are still being reprinted are a testimony to his skills as historian and storyteller.
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