Diplomacy | Study Guide

Henry Kissinger

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Overview

Author

Henry Kissinger

Year Published

1994

Type

Nonfiction

Genre

History

At a Glance

Diplomacy is the seminal work of world-renown historian and policy adviser Henry Kissinger (b. 1923). Kissinger's Diplomacy examines multiple centuries of politics to determine the structure of the international system of the 21st century. Diplomacy draws on Kissinger's practical experience as secretary of state of the United States (1973–77). Kissinger's work combines a large historical perspective with a tight focus on the importance of individual leaders in shaping the strategies of the world's superpowers. Kissinger concludes that the United States must temper its historic idealism and find ways to combine its ideals with a rational assessment of American national interest and the balance of power.

About the Title

The title Diplomacy refers to the interaction of states in the international system. U.S. statesman Henry Kissinger's simple title belies the expansive scope of his book, which covers hundreds of years of Western diplomacy. The title also hints at Kissinger's major focus on the key practitioners of diplomacy—the statesmen and diplomats who make international politics.

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