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Duarte Ribeiro De Macedo, Um Diplomata Modern (1618-1680): A Biography of a Portuguese Diplomat (Hardback)
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Duarte Ribeiro De Macedo, Um Diplomata Modern (1618-1680): A Biography of a Portuguese Diplomat (Hardback)

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Hardback 1000 Pages / Published: 01/05/2010
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This study examines the process of creating modern diplomacy - starting from the concrete case of Portugal - and its contribution in defining the foreign policy of European states and developing international relations. It includes the impact of the relations with states on home policy at a time when the concept of Europe gradually started to replace the mediaeval notion of Christendom. Modern diplomacy in Portugal was shaped by historical circumstances that gave it very individual characteristics. The congresses and the peace of Westphalia (1644-48) allowed diplomatic relations to be re-established in a Europe that had seen its system of representation shaken to the core by he schism caused by the Reformation and the wars of religion. Portugal had managed to seize the opportunity created by the international conjuncture to restore its independence, which Spain and the Papacy refused to acknowledge for almost thirty years. While war-based diplomacy required secret missions and specific negotiations, peacetime diplomacy brought different demands. Using Duarte Ribeiro de Macedo's life-history - he was the first diplomat sent to Louis XIV to justify the peace with Spain (13 February 1668) that went against the treaty with France signed less than a year before (31 March 1667) - we can define behavior connected to the conditions surrounding diplomatic activity, and aspects that provide an understanding of the world views of a small social group, a governing elite in the period when the modern State was being established and the absolute monarchy was being consolidated.

Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
ISBN: 9780773436381
Number of pages: 1000

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