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The Culture of DiplomacyBritain in Europe, c. 1750–1830$
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Jennifer Mori

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780719082726

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719082726.001.0001

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Entrance, training and promotion

Entrance, training and promotion

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(p.41) 2 Entrance, training and promotion
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The Culture of Diplomacy
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Jennifer Mori

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719082726.003.0003

This chapter presents various examples to show that diplomacy was learned on the job, and Castlereagh sought to formalize this by attaching young men to the principal embassies. In addition to meeting the patronage needs of a new generation, Castlereagh sought to restock the corps with persons ‘properly qualified to discharge the functions of Secretary of Embassy and Secretary of Legation’. This came from a pool of public funds designated to cover the incidental expenses of Britain's missions. The status of the attaches as diplomats-in-training was thus clearly defined, much more so than that of their eighteenth-century predecessors had been. The study demonstrates diplomacy as a branch of power politics increasingly defined in ‘modern’ term.

Keywords:   diplomacy, Castlereagh, training, embassy, power politics, public funds

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