The Courtiers of Civilization: A Study of Diplomacy Sasson Sofer

ISBN: 9781438448930

Published: December 1st 2013

Hardcover

124 pages


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The Courtiers of Civilization: A Study of Diplomacy  by  Sasson Sofer

The Courtiers of Civilization: A Study of Diplomacy by Sasson Sofer
December 1st 2013 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 124 pages | ISBN: 9781438448930 | 4.26 Mb

The professional diplomat frequently takes a back seat in the public imagination to such figures as the great heads of state and leading military figures. In The Courtiers of Civilization, Sasson Sofer aims to restore the importance and reputation of the diplomat in Western civilization. Drawing on an exhaustive reading of the vast literature on diplomacy, from the late Renaissance forward, he fashions an engaging portrait of the diplomat s milieu and lifestyle, his place in diplomatic rituals, and his role in international dialogue.

Blending historical evidence, sociological analysis, and political thought, Sofer explores the vocational predicament faced by the diplomat, who must play many roles, including negotiator, honorable spy, horse trader, appeaser, and bureaucrat, while at the same time maneuvering in the world of rulers and warriors. Ultimately, the diplomat is a symbol of peace and a custodian of the virtues and norms of a civilized and functional international society in sum a courtier of civilization.



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