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Thémis en diplomatie

Éric Schnakenbourg
Nicolas Drocourt


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Martin Kintzinger

International Relations in the Middle Ages: Constructing Politics between International Law, Diplomatic Practice and the Court

There was no professional diplomacy in the European Middle Ages, nor was there specifically trained staff or professional training in international relations and foreign policy. Nevertheless, all these fields were necessary for and practised within everyday governance. In fact, practice came before theory. Only in the fourteenth century did a theory of international relations and international law begin to develop, and it took another century to produce the first handbook of diplomatic practice. Yet, political and diplomatic actions abroad, communication with foreign courts, receiving foreign ambassadors, and sending political messages to other kings were daily occurrences in Europe. To analyse international relations in the Middle Ages, it is essential to ask new questions: what was the idea of a specially defined space for d...

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