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Did We Ever Really Understand How the eu Works?

The Brexit Negotiations and What They Say about Britain’s Misunderstanding of the eu

N. Piers Ludlow

One of the stranger aspects of the Brexit saga has been the ignorance of eu norms, rules, history, and institutional practices appearing throughout the public debate in the United Kingdom. This has led to several predictable and rather basic errors of diplomacy, and a far more arduous “negotiation” than some on both sides –uk and eu – may have wanted or intended.

Laurence Badel

Because of Pierre Renouvin’s key role in defining the history of international relations, French historians have long nurtured a complex relationship with this academic field. Since the early 2000s, there has been a new commitment in this field, marked by both a sociological and cultural approach.

Jason Dittmer

Abstract

The social history of diplomacy includes many elements, one of which is assemblage, or the material spaces of diplomatic activity and the various bodies they include. Another is the state effect – the documents and objects of diplomacy – as well as the state affect – the more intangible understandings and beliefs that condition diplomacy and lay well outside the state itself. Assemblage, effects, and affects, taken together, must form the basis of a deeper understanding of diplomatic relations and a new diplomatic history.

Giles Scott-Smith and Kenneth Weisbrode

Timothy Hampton

Diplomats as consumers and producers of literary texts have a long history. More recent, however, is a literary understanding of dress, ceremony, gifts, and other trappings of the diplomatic profession as essential components of representation – of power, of the state, and of diplomats themselves.