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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1737: War, Peace, and Diplomacy, III: Agency, Authority, and Practices Among State and Non-State Actors

Thursday 9 July 2020, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Jenny Benham, School of History, Archaeology & Religion, Cardiff University
Moderator/Chair:James Smith, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Paper 1737-aPawn or Player?: Scottish Diplomacy in the Later Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Alastair Macdonald, School of Divinity, History & Philosophy, University of Aberdeen
Index terms: Administration, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1737-bRambunctious Rebels and Wilting Women: 'Hard' and 'Soft' Methods of Enforcement in Treaties, 1000-1500
(Language: English)
Jenny Benham, School of History, Archaeology & Religion, Cardiff University
Index terms: Law, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1737-cMiranda's Betrothal: Marriage Diplomacy on an Island between Naples and Peru
(Language: English)
John Watkins, Department of English University of Minnesota
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Politics and Diplomacy

Agency, authority, and the role and function of state and non-state actors are frequently debated issues among scholars of diplomacy across historical periods. They are also issues that strike at the heart of what diplomacy is and how to separate it from 'dispute settlement'. These papers will look at agency and authority from three different perspectives, discussing how these concepts have been understood in diverse historical and cultural contexts, how they shaped diplomatic practices, and changes over time.