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The Diplomats: 1939-1979

The Diplomats: 1939-1979

Edited by Gordon A. Craig and Francis L. Loewenheim

Princeton University Press, 1994, 704 pp.

More than 40 years ago, Gordon Craig and Felix Gilbert edited a volume called The Diplomats: 1919-1939. In that still-valuable work, a group of historians and political scientists assessed the role diplomacy had played in the years between the two world wars. Those were years of gross diplomatic failure, years in which the great powers, having destroyed one international system in the First World War, failed to create a new one in time to avert the Second World War.

In this sequel, appropriately dedicated to the memory of Felix Gilbert, Craig and Francis Loewenheim assemble a (mostly) new team to assess

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  • Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., is Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities at The Graduate School and University Center, The City University of New York.
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