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Personal Politics in the Postwar World

Western Diplomacy Behind the Scenes

Inbunden,  Engelska, 2022-02-24
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Unravelling the mechanisms of daily diplomacy in the mid-20th century, this book follows one Dutch diplomatic couple, the van Kleffens, on their postings from the 1930s to the 1950s to offer a new perspective on how non-officials and personal politics shaped the postwar world. Combining private and public source materials, Erlandsson foregrounds the political culture of diplomacy and highlights events and people which have been left off the official record. The book integrates the detailed study of behind-the-scenes diplomatic practice into the larger narrative of traditional diplomatic history, connecting social practices with political outcomes. Exploring how womens tea drinking was used to achieve post-war foreign policy and how Rosa, a Guatemalan cook, contributed to the international standing of the Netherlands, it offers a more inclusive history by recognising the diplomatic work done by actors who were not diplomats. In doing so it demonstrates the ways in which diplomacy was class-bound, gendered and racialized, and proves that historicizing gender and cultural norms is crucial to understanding political and international history.
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[This timely contribution] provides important insights into various dimensions of gendered diplomatic cultures With an eye for detail, careful, and respectful writing about highly personal matters, and a reflexive and rich analysis, Erlandsson argues that if we want to fully understand Western diplomacy in the post-war period, we need to pay attention ... to the classed, gendered and racialized practices that governed it. -- Emma Rosengren, Stockholm University, Sweden * Journal of Contemporary History * This superb study demonstrates to the full the value of delving into all aspects of the diplomatic life-world in order to gain a more complete appreciation and understanding of how diplomacy works. The attention to detail is admirable, and the critical judgement is subtle and evident throughout. A wonderful book that looks at first glance like a straightforward diplomatic biography but that actually delivers a far more complex analysis to re-assess diplomatic history and practice in one go. * Giles Scott Smith, Roosevelt Chair in New Diplomatic History, RIAS/Leiden University, The Netherlands * Susanna Erlandsson offers a fascinating portrait of diplomats as fully rounded human beings, showing why and how spouses, cooks, entertaining, dress, and much more are an integral part of international affairs. Personal Politics in the Postwar World will be an essential reference for anyone interested in the art of diplomacy. * Barbara Keys, Professor of History, Durham University, UK * Placing the heterosexual couple the diplomat and his wife at the center of mid-century Western diplomacy, Erlandsson provides a superb account of just how integral the diplomatic home, food and family were for diplomatic interactions. A must read for anyone interested in the gendered, racialized and classed micro-foundations of diplomacy. * Ann Towns, Professor of Political Science and Head of GenDip, University of Gothenburg, Sweden * Erlandssons book offers us fascinating insight into the backstage of the diplomatic scene. Her thoughtful micro-study of the van Kleffens couple as a prototype of European diplomatic couples of the 20th Century can be highly recommended to readers interested in diplomatic history, gender history, or the history of daily life in European upper classes. * H-Soz-Kult * Susanna Erlandsson has written an elegant and important book, which is equal parts empirical candy and conceptual meditation. -- Haakon A. Ikonomou * Historisk Tidskrift *

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Susanna Erlandsson is a researcher at the Department of History of Uppsala University, Sweden, and editor-in-chief of the leading Swedish historical journal Historisk tidskrift. Her 2015 dissertation Window of Opportunity, a comparative study of Dutch and Swedish security ideas and strategies in the 1940s, won several awards. She has since published extensively on small states as well as on gender and diplomacy.


Preface Acknowledgements Introduction: The personal politics of daily diplomacy Diplomacy as a gendered institution The micro study as method: background and materials Conceptualizing trust as a bridge between personal and political Setting the scene Part I. The diplomatic couple 1. The persistent notion of the incorporated wife 2. In love and diplomacy 3. Carte blanche? Diplomatic secrecy and marital trust 4. The diplomatic couple as template Concluding remarks on the diplomatic couple II. The diplomatic home 5. Homemaking for diplomats 6. Domestic staff 7. The home as a diplomatic arena Concluding remarks on the diplomatic home Part III. Dinner diplomacy 8. Dinner diplomacy as an everyday practice 9. Diplomatic food Concluding remarks on dinner diplomacy Part IV. Diplomatic aptitude 10. Diplomatic appearances 11. Diplomatic discourse Concluding remarks on diplomatic aptitude Conclusion: Behind the scenes of building the postwar world Everyday power structures in Western diplomacy Political impact of personal relations Diplomacy as a likeminded institution Bibliography Index