British Diplomats and Diplomacy,1660-1800

British Diplomats and Diplomacy,1660-1800

by Jeremy Black
     
 

This book discusses British diplomats and diplomacy during the formative period in which Britain emerged as the leading world power (1688-1800). Jeremy Black uses the issue of diplomatic representation in order to discuss questions about the professionalism of British government, the nature of patronage and the degree to which Britain should be seen in this period

Overview

This book discusses British diplomats and diplomacy during the formative period in which Britain emerged as the leading world power (1688-1800). Jeremy Black uses the issue of diplomatic representation in order to discuss questions about the professionalism of British government, the nature of patronage and the degree to which Britain should be seen in this period as moving towards a more modern and bureaucratic system. Supported by copious quotations from their letters, the book focuses on an interesting group of individuals in order to provide an understanding of the capabilities of British foreign policy, and examines British diplomats and diplomacy in the context of the situation in other countries. It is based on a comprehensive mastery of British and foreign archival sources by a scholar whose work has had a remarkable impact in the historical world.

Editorial Reviews

The International History Review
The work as a whole is based on a thorough knowledge of the published and unpublished sources, and includes an invaluable survey of relevant archives in a lengthy appendix. The writing is illuminated by many vivid quotations and memorable details.
—The International History Review, Vol. 24:2, June 2002
British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies
While acknowledging the importance of "structural" factors such as poor, slow communications, Black is also concerned to avoid narrowly determinist approaches, and focuses on individual diplomats, drawing extensively on their correspondence with officials and others to flesh out their activity in detail. By way of general conclusion, Black thinks that for all its defects British diplomacy in this period was, by and large, successful, reducing the pressure for fundamental change. [Black] has added to - and in some degree modified - our knowledge and understanding of one of the most important instruments of the British fiscal-military state in the eighteenth century.
—The British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 25.1, Spring issue

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780859896139
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2001
Series:
Liverpool University Press - Liverpool Science Fiction Texts and Studies
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Jeremy Black is Professor of History at the University of Exeter and is one of the world's leading military historians. He works on post-1500 military history and also on eighteenth-century British history, international relations, cartographic history and newspaper history. His many publications include 'History of the British Isles', 'War and the World, 1450-2000', 'Why Wars Happen', 'Maps and History' and 'Maps of Politics'.

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