Evolution of Diplomacy
8 Pages Posted: 20 Feb 2013
Date Written: November 18, 2012
Diplomacy is the second oldest profession. Evidence of protodiplomatic practices exists from the ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman worlds, at that time diplomats were sent only for specific negotiations, and would return immediately after their mission concluded. Diplomats were usually relatives of the ruling family or of very high rank in order to give them legitimacy when they sought to negotiate with the other state. The origins of modern diplomacy are often traced to the states of Northern Italy in the early Renaissance, with the first embassies being established in the thirteenth century. It was in Italy that many of the traditions of modern diplomacy began, such as the presentation of an ambassador's credentials to the head of state. Post-World War II, Diplomacy assumed a somewhat different shape in the bipolar perspective of the Cold War. After 1989 however, Diplomacy again assumed new meanings and new forms, which lead some to call it vital, while others consider it outmoded.
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