A Dictionary of Diplomacy, Second Edition by G. R. Berridge

By G. R. Berridge

Like several professions, international relations has spawned its personal really expert terminology, and it truly is this lexicon which supplies A Dictionary of Diplomacy's thematic backbone. besides the fact that, the dictionary additionally contains entries on criminal phrases, political occasions, foreign firms and significant figures who've occupied the diplomatic scene or have written influentially approximately it during the last part millennium. All scholars of international relations and similar matters and particularly junior individuals of the numerous diplomatic providers of the area will locate this booklet integral.

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An excellent guide to the nineteenth-century Blue Books, which contain reports on the British *Diplomatic Service, was written by Harold Temperley and Lillian M. Penson (published in 1938, and reprinted in 1966). The term ‘Blue Book’ fell into disuse during the twentieth century. bomber diplomacy. A term which would seem appropriate to describe the process of bombing an adversary in the hope of inducing sub- mission. The contemporary equivalent, perhaps, of nineteenth-century *gunboat diplomacy.

Career officer. A US *Foreign Service officer occupying the broad intermediate stage between a junior officer and a *senior foreign service officer. ceasefire line 33 care-of-pilot. See diplomatic bag. casual courier. An officer of the British *Diplomatic Service who is temporarily co-opted to carry diplomatic mail on a particular journey; this mail can on occasions be classified ‘secret’ or above. In addition to a private passport, the courier carries a special ‘Casual Courier’s Passport’. This confers immunity on the *diplomatic bag being carried.

Under mounting pressure of routine *chancery work, a version of the chancelier was finally introduced into the British Diplomatic Service in the first decade of the twentieth century, though styled an ‘archivist’. See also diplomatic archives; registry. chancellery. (1) A ministry of *foreign affairs of a *major power. This was the meaning of this word when it was used before the First World War in the phrase ‘the Chancelleries of Europe’. (2) The political section of a *diplomatic mission. This was the sense in which it was sometimes used in the US Foreign Service until the 1960s, though the British usually insisted that this was wrong, not least because it caused confusion with the first meaning of ‘chancellery’.

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