The Evolution of Diplomatic Method

The Evolution of Diplomatic Method

The Evolution of Diplomatic Method

The Evolution of Diplomatic Method

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WHEN I was honoured by the invitation to give these lectures, I decided to choose a diplomatic subject. Having spent much of my life in the practice and study of diplomacy, I felt I might be able to illustrate the theme by comparisons drawn from personal experience. I also felt that the eponym of these lectures, while he has received full credit as an ecclesiastic and a lawyer, has not been sufficiently recognised as a diplomatist. It is appropriate to recall that Archbishop Chichele served as Ambassador to the Holy See and France, that in 1409 he was head of the English delegation to the Council of Pisa, and that seven years later he negotiated an alliance between Sigismund, King of the Romans, and Henry V. It is thus fitting that diplomacy also should be celebrated as among the many accomplishments in which the archbishop excelled.

I have chosen as the general title for these four lectures 'The evolution of diplomatic method'. The word 'evolution' is not intended to suggest a continuous progression from the rudimentary to the efficient: on the contrary, I hope to show that inter-

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