Grand Strategies: Literature, Statecraft, and World Order by Charles Hill

By Charles Hill

“The foreign international of states and their smooth method is a literary realm,” writes Charles Hill during this robust paintings at the perform of overseas relations. “It is the place the best problems with the human situation are performed out.”

A extraordinary lifelong diplomat and educator, Hill goals to restore the traditional culture of statecraft as practiced by way of humane and generally knowledgeable males and women. Through lucid and compelling discussions of vintage literary works from Homer to Rushdie, Grand Strategies represents a merger of literature and diplomacy, encouraged by means of the conviction that “a grand strategist . . . should be immersed in vintage texts from sunlight Tzu to Thucydides to George Kennan, to realize real-world event via internships within the nation-states of statecraft, and to deliver this studying and adventure to endure on modern issues.”

This attention-grabbing and fascinating creation to the elemental ideas of the foreign order not just defines what it really is to construct a civil society via international relations, justice, and lawful governance but additionally describes how those principles emerge from and mirror human nature.

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Nevertheless, Elizabeth did adopt the French custom of sealing her holograph letters with colorful silk ribbons. These ribbons were wrapped around (and sometimes even threaded through) the paper and then sealed under wax with her own small signet. Surviving examples suggest that the recipient usually cut the silk with a knife instead of tearing off the seals, indicating that the ribbons provided an extra layer of security as well as added ornamentation. 74 Thus, silk ribbons provided another indication of the time and expense she was willing to bestow on her correspondent.

Lake was meticulous in his secretarial duties, and his daily reports often make note of the queen’s moods, what papers he had read to her, and any additions she had made to the letters presented for her signature. ”47 Lake had obviously learned to take such precautions from hard experience. 52 Windebank was frequently frustrated at not being able to get letters signed, but he occasionally noted small triumphs: “almost out of hope of dooing any thing, yet w[ith] that poore co[n]ning that I could deuise, I got accesse to her ma[jes]tie.

This discussion also addresses the complex issue of royal authorship and suggests that while the early modern definition of the term encompassed (and often even assumed) the participation of secretaries, Elizabeth’s contemporaries made a clear distinction of value between letters written in her own hand and those only signed by her. indd 18 3/15/2012 4:24:21 PM My Skrating Hand 19 and the role of ambassadors in translating and extending the ritual impact of royal correspondence at a foreign court.

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