New Diplomatic History (Watkins)Ester Zoomer
With diplomacy as a substantial part of medieval & early modern conflict management, our project often comes back to new diplomatic history & John Watkins’ call to use interdisciplinary approach: #RetroConflictsInspirations.To quote: ‘The history of diplomacy is finally inseparable from parallel histories of education and literacy, technological innovation, economics, literature and rhetoric, gender, sexuality, and marriage. One story cannot be told fully without reference to others.’ (p.6)
This rings true for our project: our Hanseatic conflict managers are not a static group: we focus on the role individuals took on, in a bottom-up, agency-based approach. Hanseatic diplomacy is tangled with economic, cultural, social, institutional & political history. By broadening our research to the process of a conflict instead of official diplomatic resolutions, we'll be able to observe a group that did not practice diplomacy as a function but as a role influenced by e.g. trade, the Hanseatic urban politics & social networks.