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A Cornerstone of Modern Diplomacy: Britain and the Negotiation of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations , written by Kai Bruns (2014)

A Cornerstone of Modern Diplomacy: Britain and the Negotiation of the 1961 Vienna Convention on... A Cornerstone of Modern Diplomacy: Britain and the Negotiation of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. New York: Bloomsbury, isbn 978-1-62892-154-0 (hardback), 978-1-62892-155-7 (e-book), 233 pp.; US$ 110.00 (hardback), US$ 98.99 (e-book). Not too long ago, the diplomatic world celebrated two anniversaries: in 2011, the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations had been negotiated half a century earlier; and in 2014, it had been in force for 50 years. Both academics and diplomats acknowledge that the Convention remains at the heart of international diplomatic practice. Kai Bruns took the opportunity to reflect on this ‘cornerstone of modern diplomacy’ by tracing the Vienna Convention’s origins from the point of view of the United Kingdom. The volume is broadly divided into two parts: the preparatory stage (1949-1960); and the diplomatic stage (1961-1964). Each part contains three chapters; the first two provide a general analysis, while the third chapter focuses on Britain’s preparation for the Conference and the performance of the British delegation in Vienna. In his book, Bruns presents the fruits of an impressive archival research effort, including an analysis of letters, travaux préparatoires , ministerial instructions, newspaper articles and notes of those present during the 1961 negotiations. Loyal to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Hague Journal of Diplomacy Brill

A Cornerstone of Modern Diplomacy: Britain and the Negotiation of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations , written by Kai Bruns (2014)

The Hague Journal of Diplomacy , Volume 10 (4): 453 – Oct 23, 2015

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Brill
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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Book Review
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1871-1901
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1871-191X
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10.1163/1871191X-12341321
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A Cornerstone of Modern Diplomacy: Britain and the Negotiation of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. New York: Bloomsbury, isbn 978-1-62892-154-0 (hardback), 978-1-62892-155-7 (e-book), 233 pp.; US$ 110.00 (hardback), US$ 98.99 (e-book). Not too long ago, the diplomatic world celebrated two anniversaries: in 2011, the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations had been negotiated half a century earlier; and in 2014, it had been in force for 50 years. Both academics and diplomats acknowledge that the Convention remains at the heart of international diplomatic practice. Kai Bruns took the opportunity to reflect on this ‘cornerstone of modern diplomacy’ by tracing the Vienna Convention’s origins from the point of view of the United Kingdom. The volume is broadly divided into two parts: the preparatory stage (1949-1960); and the diplomatic stage (1961-1964). Each part contains three chapters; the first two provide a general analysis, while the third chapter focuses on Britain’s preparation for the Conference and the performance of the British delegation in Vienna. In his book, Bruns presents the fruits of an impressive archival research effort, including an analysis of letters, travaux préparatoires , ministerial instructions, newspaper articles and notes of those present during the 1961 negotiations. Loyal to

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Published: Oct 23, 2015

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