The Diplomacy of Ancient Greece: A Short Introduction

The Diplomacy of Ancient Greece: A Short Introduction

by G R Berridge
The Diplomacy of Ancient Greece: A Short Introduction

The Diplomacy of Ancient Greece: A Short Introduction

by G R Berridge


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Employed against a warlike background, the diplomatic methods of the ancient Greeks are thought by some to have been useless but by others to have been the most advanced seen prior to modern times. This book works to its own view by looking at the conditions that produced this diplomacy, the personnel it employed, the forms it took, and - in a concluding essay - its fitness for its various purposes. In passing, it draws attention to the usually overlooked private side of the diplomacy of the ancient Greeks, and the greater importance of the proxenos revealed by recent research. The book draws heavily on translations of some of the most important primary sources, notably Herodotus, Thucydides, and Xenophon, but is essentially a work of synthesis of existing scholarship. It is designed for the student of diplomacy and the general reader with no prior knowledge of the subject, and gives guidance for further reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9798987005224
Publisher: Diplofoundation
Publication date: 12/09/2022
Series: Invitations to Diplomacy
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.17(d)

About the Author

Professor G.R. Berridge is Emeritus Professor of International Politics at the University of Leicester, where he was the founding Director of the Centre for the Study of Diplomacy. For many years, he was General Editor of the Macmillan series, Studies in Diplomacy, and Associate Editor (with responsibility for twentieth century diplomatists) of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. He is the author of numerous books on diplomacy, including the best-selling textbook, Diplomacy: Theory and Practice, which has been translated into numerous languages, including Chinese. His most recent books include Embassies in Armed Conflict, the third edition (with L. Lloyd) of The Palgrave Macmillan Dictionary of Diplomacy, and A Diplomatic Whistleblower in the Victorian Era. Professor Berridge has been an external examiner at various British universities, including Birmingham, Durham, and London (School of Oriental and African Studies).
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