Tact and Intelligence

Essays on Diplomatic History and International Relations

Gordon A. Craig
Edited by Bruce Thompson, Carolyn Halladay, and Donald Abenheim

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  • Published: 2007
  • Subject Listing: History
  • Bibliographic information: 330 pp., notes, index, 6 x 9 in.
  • Distributed for: Society for the Promotion of Science and Scholarship
  • Contents

During a career that spanned sixty years, Gordon A. Craig (1913-2005) was one of America's leading authorities on diplomatic history and international relations. This volume of previously uncollected essays (with one essay published here for the first time) includes several surveys, from different perspectives, of the field of diplomatic history; comparative studies of American and European conceptions of foreign policy and the balance of power; and essays on the theory and practice of diplomacy, focusing especially on the turbulent twentieth century.
Gordon A. Craig was for more than half a century one of America's foremost historians of Germany and Europe. He was the J.E. Wallace Sterling Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University and (in 1982) the president of the American Historical Association. He was a member of the German Federal Republic's Orden Pour le Merite fur Wissen schaften und Kunste, and (in 1999) winner of the first Benjamin Franklin - Wilhelm von Humboldt Prize of the German-American Academic Council.
Foreword by James J. Sheehan
Editors' Note

PART ONE: The Historian's Craft
1. On the Nature of Diplomatic History: The Relevance of Some Old Books
2. On the Pleasure of Reading Diplomat Correspondence
3. The Historian and the Study of International Relations

PART TWO: The Balance of Power
4. The System of Alliances and the Balance of Power
5. Europe and the Balance of Power, 1871-1914
6. The Founding Fathers and the Balance of Power
7. The United States and the European Balance
8. Germany and the United States: Some Historic Parallels and Differences and their Reflection in Attitudes Toward Foreign Policy

PART THREE: Between the Wars
9. Prewar Diplomacy in Europe
10. Munich: The Price of Peace
11. Dangerous Liaisons

PART FOUR: The Second World War and Beyond
12. Roosevelt and Hitler: The Problem of Perception
13. Diplomats and Diplomacy During the Second World War
14. Churchill and Germany
15. The Good Soldier
16. Looking for Order

Bibliographical Note

"This volume of essays is both a pleasure to read and a fitting tribute to its author."
-The International History Review