The Ambassadors: From Ancient Greece to the Nation State

By: Wright, Jonathan

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Mint condition.HarperPress,2006.First edition-first printing.Tan hardback(gilt lettering to the spine) with Dj(a couple of small nicks and crease on the edges of the Dj cover),both in mint condition.Illustrated with b/w photos,drawings.340pp including Notes,select bibliography,index.Price un-clipped.

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Product Description: This is an authoritative and entertaining account of the earliest ambassadors, who were at once diplomats, explorers and chroniclers of exotic civilisations. In this book of extraordinary journeys and epochal encounters, Jonathan Wright traces the ambassadors' story from Ancient Greece and Ashoka's empire in India to the European Enlightenment and the birth of the nation state. He shows us Byzantine envoys dining with Attila the Hun, thirteenth-century monks journeying from Flanders to the Asian steppe, and Tudor ambassadors grappling with the chaos of Reformation. He examines the rituals and institutions of diplomacy, asking - for instance - why it was felt necessary to send an Elephant from Baghdad to Aachen in 801 A.D. And he explores diplomacy's dangers, showing us terrified, besieged ambassadors surviving on horsemeat and champagne in 1900s Beijing. Wherever they journeyed, the ambassadors reported back on everything they encountered - from moralities and myths to the plants and animals, fashions and foods of the countries in which they found themselves. Exchanging ideas and commodities, they enabled countries and civilisations to get acquainted in sometimes unpredictable ways. Whether discussing the replacement of the roving by the resident ambassador or the subjects of the diplomatic immunity, gift - giving, intelligence - gathering and extraterritoriality, the author has fresh and intriguing things to say. For ambassadors, as much as any conqueror, merchant or explorer, have helped to write the human story.

Title: The Ambassadors: From Ancient Greece to the Nation State

Author Name: Wright, Jonathan

Categories: History : World,

Edition: First edition-first printing

Publisher: Harperpress: 2006

ISBN Number: 0007173431

ISBN Number 13: 9780007173433

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Type: Book

Seller ID: 164

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