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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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From One Globalization to the Next Diplomatic Practices and “New International Relations” (Laurence Badel)


17 From One Globalization to the Next Diplomatic Practices and “New International Relations” Laurence Badel Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne For twenty years the diplomatic world has been the locus, France included, of an intellectual re-engagement on the part of international relations historians as if, at long last, the latter had stopped fearing they might be assimilated to the diplomatic historical trend from which Pierre Renouvin had started distancing himself in the early nineteen thirties. A non-diplomatic history of diplomacy emerged, which laid stress on the practices and the know-how of a professional community made up of diplomats1, to which we may add the concomitant and non-exclusive rise of a history of diplomatic practices from non-diplomatic protagonists. Examining the part played either by individuals, or associations, political parties or yet by companies concerning the collection and dissemination of information, the representation of national or supra-national interests, be they corporation-bound or of general interest, plays a part in the transnational writing of diplomatic practices, and falls in line with the orientation established by René Girault in France in the nineteen eighties regarding the history of international relations, an orientation which is kept up by the scholars he has trained or on whom he has made an impression both in France and abroad2. Whether the attention be laid on diplomatic or non-diplomatic agents, studying the transnational establishment of these practices lies at the heart of the studies which have been shaped both by medieval and modernist historians and by their counterparts studying...

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