Diplomatic history, especially of the premodern era, has been considered not only one of the oldest, but also the most conservative fields of historical research. It is often described as a primary example of histoire événementielle and resistant to adopting new approaches and methodological changes and innovations.
However, for more than a decade diplomatic historians have been broadening the range of their sources as well as adopting less conservative approaches, investigating on a larger scale, new aspects of diplomacy and diplomatic practice and theory, as well as taking advantage of the interdisciplinary perspective.
Splendid Encounters: diplomats and diplomacy in Europe, 1500 – 1750 will provide a platform for historians involved in research of all aspects of diplomatic history in Premodern Europe as well as scholars of other disciplines interested in premodern diplomacy.
We invite proposals for papers addressing, among others, such issues as:
diplomatic service: people and practice
gifts and gift-giving
the ceremonial of diplomacy: space, protocol, precedence
theory of diplomacy
women and premodern diplomacy
diplomats and news networks
negotiations, congresses and treaties
Please submit proposals of 200-250 words, for papers of 20-25 minutes, and a brief biography by sending them to
Dr Roberta Anderson or Dr Anna Kalinowska at email@example.com
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