Personalities, War and Diplomacy: Essays in International History

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Thomas G. Otte, Constantine A. Pagedas
Psychology Press, 1997 - History - 291 pages
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History is an old, yet constantly changing discipline. Traditionally, the interpretation of the past oscillated between two opposed poles; on the one hand, there were those who believed that events were determined not by individuals but by an impersonal process (though, of course, there were contending views of what that process is, or how it unravels), and on the other hand, there were those who stressed the contingent aspects of politics and history, and hence the impact of personalities. Neither of these two concepts of history is new.

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T. G. Otte is Professor of Diplomatic History at the University of East Anglia. He is the author or editor of fourteen books; among the more recent are The China Question: Great Power Rivalry and British Isolation, 1894 1905 (2007), The Foreign Office Mind: The Making of British Foreign Policy, 1865 1914 (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and (ed.) Diplomacy and Power: Studies in Modern Diplomatic Practice (2012). He is one of the leading international historians and has been an adviser to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Pagedas, Manager, Strategic Analysis and Special Assistant to the President, International Technology and Trade Associates Inc., Washington, DC.

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