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Encyclopedia of historical treaties and alliances, 2d ed.; 2v.


Encyclopedia of historical treaties and alliances, 2d ed.; 2v.

Phillips, Charles and Alan Axelrod.

Facts On File, Inc.


1108 pages




This two-volume set treats diplomatic treaties as an important window into the history of diplomacy. It presents excerpts and full texts of treaties made throughout history, placing them in historical context and analyzing the significance of their terms. Although the coverage begins in ancient times and consideration is given to the medieval roots of diplomacy, the vast bulk of the material is from the period following the Peace of Westphalia, conventionally considered the birth of modern diplomacy. The entries are presented in roughly chronological order, although for each major time period treaties are grouped into analytical categories: mutual defense treaties and military alliances, peace treaties and truces, trade agreements and commercial treaties, multinational conventions and agreements, and weapons treaties, and miscellaneous diplomatic treaties. This new edition includes ten recent treaties, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change, and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. Some 220 documents are discussed in all.

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