Women, Diplomacy and International Politics since 1500

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Glenda Sluga, Carolyn James
Routledge, Jun 12, 2015 - History - 286 pages

Women, Diplomacy and International Politics since 1500 explores the role of women as agents of diplomacy in the trans-Atlantic world since the early modern age. Despite increasing evidence of their involvement in political life across the centuries, the core historical narrative of international politics remains notably depleted of women. This collection challenges this perspective.

Chapters cover a wide range of geographical contexts, including Europe, Russia, Britain and the United States, and trace the diversity of women’s activities and the significance of their contributions. Together these essays open up the field to include a broader interpretation of diplomatic work, such as the unofficial avenues of lobbying, negotiation and political representation that made women central diplomatic players in the salons, courts and boudoirs of Europe.

Through a selection of case studies, the book throws into new perspective the operations of political power in local and national domains, bridging and at times reconceptualising the relationship of the private to the public. Women, Diplomacy and International Politics since 1500 is essential reading for all those interested in the history of diplomacy and the rise of international politics over the past five centuries.


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The long international history of women and diplomacy
1 Women and diplomacy in Renaissance Italy
Familial ties political ambition and epistolary diplomacy in Renaissance Europe
Margaret de la Marck 15271599 and Arenberg family strategy during the Dutch Revolt
4 Lady Anne Fanshawe ambassadress of England at the Court of Madrid 16641666
Royal women marriage diplomacy and international politics at the Spanish French and Imperial Courts 16651679
Women and diplomacy in the early eighteenth century
7 Women diplomacy and international politics before and after the Congress of Vienna
Roxandra EdlingSturdza on the European scene
Women in the British diplomatic service circa 19191972
11 Gender and international relations through the lens of the League of Nations 19191945
12 Advocating for a feminist internationalism between the wars
Americas first female chiefs of mission 19331964
A midtwentiethcentury portrait
The residence gender and diplomatic wives in late twentiethcentury Sweden

Maria Pavlovna between Weimar and Saint Petersburg on the eve of the Congress of Vienna

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About the author (2015)

Glenda Sluga is Professor of International History at the University of Sydney and Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow. She has published widely on the cultural history of international relations, the history of European nationalisms, gender history, and the history of identity and difference. Her publications include Internationalism in the Age of Nationalism (2013), The Nation, Psychology and International Politics (2006), The Problem of Trieste and the Italo-Yugoslav Border (2001), and Gendering European History (2000).

Carolyn James is Cassamarca Associate Professor in the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies at Monash University. She is the author of two books on the 15th-century Italian literary figure, Giovanni Sabadino degli Arienti (1996 and 2002), a complete English translation and analysis of the late fourteenth century letters of Margherita Datini (co-authored with Antonio Pagliaro, 2012).

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