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Réinventer la diplomatie / Reshaping Diplomacy

Sociabilités, réseaux et pratiques diplomatiques en Europe depuis 1919 / Networks, Practices and Dynamics of Socialization in European Diplomacy since 1919


Edited By Vincent Genin, Matthieu Osmont and Thomas Raineau

Au lendemain de la Première Guerre mondiale, la diplomatie est à réinventer. Un nouvel ordre international émerge au sein duquel juristes internationaux, journalistes, banquiers d’affaires et autres experts concurrencent désormais les diplomates de métier. De nouvelles arènes diplomatiques apparaissent, à l’instar de la Société des Nations, ancêtre des organisations multilatérales actuelles. À travers les dix études de cas présentées ici, le continent européen apparaît comme un terrain propice à l’invention de pratiques diplomatiques nouvelles tout au long du XXe siècle. Cet ouvrage collectif constitue les actes du colloque international de l’association RICHIE sur les « sociabililités, réseaux et pratiques diplomatiques en Europe de 1919 à nos jours » tenues à Bruxelles, les 20 et 21 mars 2015.

After the First World War, reshaping the art of diplomacy is a necessity. International lawyers, merchant bankers, academics, journalists and senior officials became key-figures of a new International order in which the diplomats have lost their monopoly over foreign affairs. New diplomatic arenas emerged such as the League of Nations, the precursor of today’s multilateral organizations. In that series of ten case studies, the European continent appears as a fertile ground where new diplomatic practices have emerged along the whole 20th century. This book brings together the edited proceedings of the RICHIE International Conference organized in Brussels on 20 and 21 March 2015, under the title «Networks, Dynamics of Socialization and Practices in European Diplomacy since 1919».


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This book brings together the edited proceedings of the International Conference organised by the Réseau International des Jeunes Chercheurs en Histoire de l’Intégration Européenne (RICHIE)1 in Brussels on 20 and 21 March 2015. The idea to organize a conference devoted to the “Networks, Dynamics of Socialization and Practices in European diplomacy since 1919” can be traced back to the Summer School organized by RICHIE at the Moulin d’Andé, in Normandy in July 20102. The aim of the Summer School was to discuss the notion of Europeanization in a historical perspective and one of the thematic workshops focused especially on diplomacy and diplomatic actors. This workshop identified several directions for further research, and many questions remained unanswered. Although a significant number of historical works have addressed the topic of diplomatic actors and their practices, most of them have focused on national diplomacies considered from a domestic point of view. Setting up an international conference seemed to us an obvious answer to promote dialog between researchers from various national backgrounds, and to encourage comparative studies of national diplomacies. Thus we adopted a broad perspective in the call for papers of June 2014: it was meant to stimulate transnational approaches, long-term studies and to further a more complex definition of “diplomatic actors”, going beyond the classic figure of the career diplomat. Four directions were identified to guide potential proposals: evolutions in the profession of the diplomat (sociology, training, missions and practices); representations of a united Europe by foreign policy...

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