In the first major assessment of diplomatic dialogue since Nicolson's Diplomacy in 1939, Adam Watson traces the changing techniques of diplomacy from ancient times through the 'diplomatic society' of Europe to the present global system. In examining the conventions and institutions which help to shape the international system the author aims not so much to preserve diplomatic order which worked well in the past but rather to identify the continuities and the new conditions which will enable the dialogue to function in the future. He pays special attention to the extension of the dialogue into new fields and to the impact of the newly independent states of the third world. This leads him to argue strongly that the world's growing interdependence has increased rather than lessened the scope of diplomacy in the nuclear age.

chapter I|8 pages

The Nature of Diplomacy

chapter II|12 pages

Alternatives to Diplomacy

chapter III|8 pages

Aims and Policies of States

chapter IV|12 pages

Diplomacy, Law and Justice

chapter V|18 pages

Power and Persuasion

chapter VI|14 pages

Ideologies and Diplomacy

chapter VII|12 pages

Other Diplomatic Systems

chapter VIII|26 pages

The Diplomatic Society of Europe

chapter IX|12 pages

Professional Diplomacy Today

chapter X|26 pages

Criticisms of Contemporary Diplomacy

chapter XII|20 pages

The Growth of State Power and Interdependence

chapter XIII|18 pages

Diplomacy and the Responsibilities of States