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Diplomacy

Diplomacy

By Adam Watson

McGraw-Hill New Press, 1982, 239 pp.

With this book Adam Watson achieves the status of a latter-day Nicolson, giving a thorough explanation of the character of diplomacy, as a means of dialogue between sovereign states, as it has evolved since the 18th century. In showing how diplomatic dialogue limits the international anarchy and the clash of ideologies, Watson is not only the analyst but also the subtle advocate of a system which survives because there is no alternative.