Afterword: Diplomats as readers and writers

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This afterword by John Watkins draws together argumentative threads from across the essays and places them within the longer-term context of English and British diplomats' engagement with literature. From Niccolò Machiavelli to Henry Kissinger, diplomats and writers on diplomacy have drawn on humane literatures. Pointing out that the rise of what we generally think of as modern diplomacy coincided with the humanistic educational and cultural reforms of the Renaissance, Watkins asks what today's devaluation of humane learning within an increasingly technocratic diplomatic sphere means for our diplomatic future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)641-649
Number of pages9
JournalHuntington Library Quarterly
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2019

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  • Classical education
  • English diplomatic culture
  • Humanism and diplomacy
  • New diplomatic historiography
  • Writer-diplomats


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