NTC: The Birth of Diplomacy in Early Modern Europe (1494-1713)

Programs for Teachers
Newberry Teachers' Consortium
Tuesday, February 21, 2012

9:30 am - 12:30 pm

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Room 101

Between Charles VIII’s invasion of Italy in 1494 and the signing of the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713, European diplomacy underwent fundamental changes that still influence diplomatic theory and practice today. In this seminar, we will explore how the elaboration of concepts such as extraterritoriality and diplomatic immunity is tied to the replacement of a transnational Christian community by sovereign European states. We will pay special attention to early modern attempts to theorize and codify diplomatic representation, but we will also examine specific diplomatic incidents, events, and practices, including interactions between European rulers and representatives from non-European lands.

Seminar led by Ellen McClure, University of Illinois at Chicago

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