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Russia and Courtly Europe: Ritual and the Culture of Diplomacy, 1648-1725

Russia and Courtly Europe: Ritual and the Culture of Diplomacy, 1648-1725

by Jan HenningsJan Hennings


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In this book on early modern diplomacy, Jan Hennings explores the relationship between European powers and Russia beyond the conventional East-West divide from the Peace of Westphalia to the reign of Peter the Great. He examines how, at a moment of new departure in both Europe and Russia, the norms shaping diplomatic practice emerged from the complex relations and direct encounters within the world of princely courts rather than from incompatible political cultures. He makes clear the connections between dynastic representation, politics and foreign relations, and shows that Russia, despite its perceived isolation and cultural distinctiveness, participated in the developments and transformations that were taking place more broadly in diplomacy. The central themes of this study are the interlocking manifestations of social hierarchy, monarchical honour and sovereign status in both text and ritual. Related issues of diplomatic customs, institutional structures, personnel, negotiation practice, international law, and the question of cultural transfer also figure prominently.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107050594
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/27/2016
Series: New Studies in European History Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 310
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.83(d)

About the Author

Jan Hennings is Associate Professor of History at Central European University, Budapest.

Table of Contents

Notes on transliteration, spelling, and dates; List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Introduction; 1. Barbarous ceremonies? Russia's places in early modern diplomacy; 2. Facts and fictions: the organisation of diplomatic practice; 3. Through the prism of ritual: Anglo-Russian encounters in the seventeenth century; 4. Stage and audience: the Grand Embassy to Vienna (1698) and Peter I's visit to Paris (1717); 5. From insult to imperator: changes and continuities in the reign of Peter I; Conclusion; Bibliography.

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