Undergraduate Course: Worlds of Diplomacy: Culture and Power in Modern Europe (HIST10384)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course will introduce students to the history of diplomacy in modern Europe. Aside from exploring the brokerage of treaties and alliances and negotiations about war and peace, participants will study the nature of diplomatic conduct, examining ritual, etiquette and ceremonial procedure.
This course will introduce students to the history of diplomacy in modern Europe. Covering developments from the eighteenth to the twentieth century, it will look at the rise of diplomatic encounters in Europe, the great congresses, royal tours, state visits, cross-cultural diplomatic contacts between Europeans and non-Europeans, diplomacy from below, gender and diplomacy, and the impact of the emerging public sphere and the press on foreign affairs. Aside from exploring the brokerage of treaties and alliances and negotiations about war and peace, participants will study the nature of diplomatic conduct, examining ritual, etiquette and ceremonial procedure, and enquire into the ways in which gestures and nuances in behaviour carried political messages. The course will consider the role of not only conventional power-brokers like monarchs, politicians and statesmen, but also less obvious actors like fishermen, bandits and courtesans. Drawing on key secondary texts, primary sources and visual material, it will provide a broad introduction to the history of diplomacy and international order in the modern world.
2. Embassies and Emissaries
4. Royalty and Diplomacy
5. Europeans and Non-Europeans
6. Summits and State Visits
7. Diplomacy, Secrecy and the Public Sphere
8. Gender and Diplomacy
9. International Organisations
10. War and Diplomacy
11. Concluding Debate
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| A pass or passes in 40 credits of first level historical courses or equivalent and a pass or passes in 40 credits of second level historical courses or equivalent.
Before enrolling students on this course, Personal Tutors are asked to contact the History Honours Admissions Administrator to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 503780).
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting Students should usually have at least 3 History courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, command of the body of knowledge considered in the course;
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material;
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, the ability to develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence;
- demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
|M. S. Anderson, The Rise of Modern Diplomacy 1450-1919 (London, 1993).|
David Armitage, Foundations of Modern International Thought (Cambridge, 2012).
Linda Frey and Marsha Frey, The History of Diplomatic Immunity (Columbus, 1999).
Akira Iriye, 'Culture and Power: International Relations as Intercultural Relations', Diplomatic History 3, 2 (1979), 115-28.
Paul Kennedy, The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers (New York, 1987).
Paul Kennedy, The Parliament of Man: The Past, Present, and Future of the United Nations (London, 2007).
Mark Mazower, Governing the World: The History of an Idea (London, 2012).
Helen McCarthy, Women of the World: The Rise of the Female Diplomat (London, 2014).
Roderick McLean, Royalty and Diplomacy in Europe, 1890-1914 (Cambridge, 2001).
Markus Mosslang and Torsten Riotte (eds.), The Diplomats' World: The Cultural History of Diplomacy, 1815-1914 (Oxford, 2008).
F. S. Northedge, The League of Nations (Leicester, 1988).
David Reynolds, Summits: Six Meetings that Shaped the Twentieth Century (New York, 2007).
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||This course will help students develop a range of transferable skills, including:
1) Communication and presentation skills.
2) Effective time-management, the ability to work to deadlines and to perform under pressure.
3) The ability to gather, organise and evaluate large quantities of information.
4) The ability to solve complex intellectual problems and to develop sound and coherent arguments.
5) The ability to work independently and, during small group exercises, in a team.
6) Research skills, and the ability to work with library and internet resources.
|Keywords||Worlds of Diplomacy
|Course organiser||Dr David Motadel
Tel: (0131 6)50 3841
|Course secretary||Miss Annabel Stobie
Tel: (0131 6)50 3783