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Title Secretaries and statecraft in the early modern world / edited by Paul M. Dover
Published Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, [2016]


Description 1 online resource (ix, 310 pages)
Contents Records, politics and diplomacy : secretaries and chanceries in Renaissance Italy (1350-c.1520) -- Mercurino di Gattinara (1465-1530) : imperial chancellor, strategist of empire -- 'This continuous writing' : the paper chancellery of Bernhard Cles -- Parables and dark sentences : the correspondence of Sir William Cecil and William Maitland (1559-73) -- Axel Oxenstierna and Swedish diplomacy in the seventeenth century -- Statecraft and the role of the diplomat in ducal Savoy : the career of Alessandro Scaglia (1592-1641) -- Richelieu, Mazarin and Italy (1635-59) : statemanship in context -- The learned ideal of the Mughal Wazīr : the life and intellectual world of Prime Minister Afzal Khan Sirazi (d.1639) -- Reconsidering state and constituency in seventeenth-century Safavid Iran : the wax and wane of the Munshi -- Choreographers of power : Grigorii Kotoshikhin, state secretaries and the Muscovite royal wedding ritual -- Eberhard von Danckelman and Brandenburg's foreign policy (1688-97) -- Chancellor of state : Prince Wenzel Anton Kaunitz, the Habsburg foreign office and foreign policy in the era of enlightened absolutism
Summary An illuminating exploration of the role played by state secretaries in shaping inter-state relations in early modern Eurasia. One of the prominent themes of the political history of the 16th and 17th centuries is the waxing influence officials in the exercise of state power, particularly in international relations, as it became impossible for monarchs to stay on top of the increasingly complex demands of ruling. Encompassing a variety of cultural and institutional settings, these essays examine how state secretaries, prime ministers and favourites managed diplomatic personnel and the information flows they generated. They explore how these officials balanced domestic matters with external concerns, and service to the monarch and state with personal ambition. By opening various perspectives on policy-making at the level just below the monarch, this volume offers up rich opportunities for comparative history and a new take on the diplomatic history of the period
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject HISTORY -- Europe -- General.
Diplomatic relations
Europe -- Foreign relations -- 16th century
Form Electronic book
Author Dover, Paul M., editor
ISBN 9781474402248