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Royalty and Diplomacy in Europe, 1890–1914

Part of New Studies in European History

  • Date Published: January 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521592000


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  • This book examines the role of royal families in European diplomacy before the outbreak of the First World War. It argues against the prevailing orthodoxy that has sought to marginalize the role of monarchs, and shows that monarchs remained significant political actors in pre-1914 Europe. Much attention is paid to relations among royal courts, notably those of Britain, Prussia-Germany and Russia (led by Edward VII, Wilhelm II and Nicholas II), but the book also contains case studies that probe the extent of royal diplomatic influence in a wider context.

    • Presents an alternative approach to a familiar subject area by arguing that monarchs played an important role in international diplomacy pre–1914
    • Based on deep archival research
    • Will appeal to anyone interested in the history of royalty in addition to scholars of modern European politics and diplomacy
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    "A short review can't possibly do justice to the richness and analyses and evidence this book contains." Central European History

    "This is an excellent book...highly recommended." German Studies Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2001
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521592000
    • length: 268 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • contains: 15 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of abbreviations
    1. The Kaiser and the Tsar: German-Russian dynastic relations, 1888–1914
    2. Uncle and nephew: Edward VII, Wilhelm II and the Anglo-German dynastic antagonism before 1914
    3. King Edward VII and British diplomacy, 1901–10
    4. The limits of dynastic diplomacy: royal visits and Anglo-German relations, 1906–14
    5. Conclusion

  • Author

    Roderick R. McLean, University of Sussex

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