Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

Diplomacy with a Difference: The Commonwealth Office of High Commissioner, 1880-2006

Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

Diplomacy with a Difference: The Commonwealth Office of High Commissioner, 1880-2006

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Lorna Lloyd, Diplomacy with a Difference: The Commonwealth Office of High Commissioner, 1880-2006 (Leiden and Boston: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2007), 353pp. Cased. US$168. ISBN 978-90-04-15497-1.

This book is volume I in a newly launched series, edited for the Netherlands Institute of International Relations, and generally entitled 'Diplomatic Studies'. The author, Dr Lorna Lloyd, teaches International Relations at Keele University in north Staffordshire in England and has already published extensively on aspects of diplomacy.

This substantial and well researched book provides, with unique depth and detail, analysis of a little understood and not nowadays much studied aspect of diplomacy - the Commonwealth dimension. This study is festooned with extensive footnotes, which not only reveal a wide range of sources (including interview material) but also contain quite a lot of substantial argument and commentary.

Canada was a pioneer in the naming and practising of Dominion Status and of High Commissioner within the Empire - Commonwealth. Beginning with the title of Dominion in 1867, Canada then designated its official resident in London as High Commissioner, from 1880 onwards. Lorna Lloyd makes excellent judicious use of Canadian material and expertise in her depiction and evaluation of the Canadian dimension of her subject. Ranging over 126 years, she is alert to the significance and contributions of particular individuals, from Alexander Galt in 1880 down to yesterday, and deftly assesses the contributions, for better or worse, of the considerable variety of High Commissioners and other personalities. …

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