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ERIC Number: EJ765197
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2745
The Changing Face of Diplomatic History: A Literature Review
Plummer, Brenda Gayle
History Teacher, v38 n3 p385-400 May 2005
Shortly before Christmas in 2004, departing Secretary of State Colin Powell addressed a luncheon meeting hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. Powell described to his Boston audience the readjustments that his cabinet post had imposed on him. Powell went on to discuss how he was tested in the Middle East and Asia, and the universal dilemmas posed by poverty and AIDS. It was clear that simple bilateral diplomacy could no longer encompass the enormity of the world's challenges, and that foreign policy would adjust to reflect these changed circumstances. Historical scholarship has recognized the vast variety and subtlety of world affairs that preoccupied Powell. As a sub-field of history, diplomatic history will always be concerned in great measure with power relations among states, and particularly with bilateral relations, but in the last few decades it has discovered new ways to reveal and interpret these. Several factors account for the growing interest in the area, often from unlikely contributors, and for the journey of diplomatic history from the periphery toward the center of the vital questions preoccupying historians today. Some of these factors have been noticed for years and have had a cumulative effect. Others would seem comparatively recent. This essay focuses on these new directions that change the face of diplomatic history. (Contains 85 notes.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Asia