The Art and Practice of Diplomacy

The Art and Practice of Diplomacy

The Art and Practice of Diplomacy

The Art and Practice of Diplomacy

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These papers are selected from the lectures and articles which I have written during the past thirty years. Most of those on contemporary subjects such as the treaties of peace or the progress of international institutions are now out of date, while those on historical subjects have often been incorporated in books subsequently published. Those selected are either lectures which have not previously been published or lectures based on personal experience which contain information not easily obtained elsewhere or historical articles which may still be of interest in themselves.

The two lectures on the 'Principles' and 'Machinery of British Foreign Policy' were first delivered at the University of Bristol but have subsequently undergone considerable revision. That on 'The Council of Europe' was given at the International Congress of Historians at Paris in 1950. Since all deal in large measure with diplomacy, either as seen by myself in action or recounted from historical sources, I have thought that the title of the first paper, in which I summed up shortly some of my conclusions on its technique, might well serve to describe the whole volume.

I am most grateful to a number of institutions and journals for permission to reprint those papers already published; to the London School of Economics for that on 'The Art and Practice of Diplomacy', the annual oration of 1951 and that on 'Lord Palmerston at Work' which appeared in Politica, a journal now defunct; to the Historical Association for those on 'The Making of the Charter of the United Nations' and 'The Accession of Queen Victoria', both of which were published in History, the journal of the Association and that on 'Fifty Years of Historical Teaching and Research' which was published in a pamphlet, 'Jubilee Address 1956,' on the occasion of its fiftieth anniversary; to the David Davies Memorial Institute for that on 'Sanctions: The Use of Force in an International Organisation'; to the Weismann Institute at Rehovoth, Israel, for that on 'The Founder of the National Home'; to the British Academy for that on . . .

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