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's 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 corporations 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 prone of the realm will locate this ebook fundamental.

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It is associated with the American *secretary of state during much of the 1950s, John Foster Dulles (1888–1959). The most serious case of twentieth-century brinkmanship was the *Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, in which the parties came *eyeball-to-eyeball. See also crisis management. British Council. Founded in 1934, the British Council is Britain’s principal vehicle of *cultural diplomacy. It has always been permitted a degree of autonomy from government to maximize its credibility abroad, and is described officially as ‘an independent Non-Departmental Public Body’.

Backtracking. In *negotiations, reopening a question on which agreement has already been reached. This is usually most serious if it is an issue of principle. bailiwick. The territory under the authority of a bailiff or bailie – a sovereign’s official. Now largely historical, though the British *‘Crown dependencies’ of Jersey and Guernsey (the chief Channel Islands), which do not come under the authority of Britain’s parliament, are still formally described as bailiwicks. See also dependent territory.

Ballhausplatz. A common way of referring to the foreign ministry in Vienna of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which was situated at Ballhausplatz 2. Today, the Austrian foreign ministry occupies the building. See also Kaunitz, Count Wenzel Anton von. ballon d’essai. In negotiation, a proposition floated tentatively to test the reaction of the other side, from the French envoyer un ballon d’essai (to send up a pilot balloon). See also flying a kite. Barbaro, Emolao (1454–1493). A Venetian scholar-diplomat who in 1490 was sent as resident ambassador to Rome, a key post in the *Venetian diplomatic service.

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