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

By Sasson Sofer

Comprehensive learn of the diplomat and the diplomatic venture in Western civilization.

The expert diplomat often takes a again seat within the public mind's eye to such figures because the nice heads of country and major army figures. In The Courtiers of Civilization, Sasson Sofer goals to revive the significance and attractiveness of the diplomat in Western civilization. Drawing on an exhaustive examining of the significant literature on international relations, from the past due Renaissance ahead, he models an enticing portrait of the diplomat’s milieu and way of life, his position in diplomatic rituals, and his function in foreign discussion. mixing ancient facts, sociological research, and political concept, Sofer explores the vocational obstacle confronted by means of the diplomat, who needs to play many jobs, together with negotiator, honorable secret agent, horse dealer, appeaser, and bureaucrat, whereas while maneuvering on the earth of rulers and warriors. eventually, the diplomat is a logo of peace and a custodian of the virtues and norms of a civilized and useful foreign society—in sum a “courtier of civilization.”

“…Sofer … is a veteran pupil of the historical past, philosophy, and idea of diplomacy. He brings to endure those worthy conceptual and analytical talents in getting to know the origins and evolution of international relations and in proposing diplomats as praiseworthy ‘courtiers of civilization’ … Sofer’s research of international relations radiates erudition.” — Israel magazine of overseas Affairs

“Sasson Sofer has written an excellent primer at the historical past and venture of contemporary international relations. it's a brief booklet that may be learn in one sitting, its subject’s massive scope even though … It merits a large audience.” — New Diplomatic heritage Blog

“Clearly a grasp of the literature within the box, Sasson Sofer has produced a concise but finished and intensely available e-book at the background of international relations and its present demanding situations, with idea being given to the potential destiny evolution of diplomatic practice.” — Erik Goldstein, coeditor of Guide to diplomacy and Diplomacy

Sasson Sofer is Professor of diplomacy on the Hebrew college of Jerusalem. His books contain Zionism and the rules of Israeli Diplomacy and Peacemaking in a Divided Society: Israel After Rabin.

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