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Gordon Martel (ed.), 2018. The Encyclopedia of Diplomacy

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  • 1 Director of The Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Lysaker, Norway(Iver B. Neumann contributed an article to the volumes under review.), ibneumann@fni.no
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If only God can know everything, it follows that scholars should rest content with painting their cameos or reproducing already known grand celestial schemes. The Enlightenment philosophers famously did not agree. Their ambition was to catch the world in its entirety. It was not just that nothing human should be foreign to a scholarly mind, which had been the credo of the Renaissance, but that everything should be identified, collected and classified (Bjørnstad, Jordheim, and Régent-Susini 2018). Whether it was Jean-Baptiste le Rond d’Alembert and Denis Diderot’s editing of the first Encyclopédie in the 1750s that brought Reinhard

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