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The “Piano Virtuosos” of International Politics: Informal Diplomacy in the late nineteenth and early twentieth Century Ottoman Empire

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  • Rathberger Andreas

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Drawing on source material from archives in Vienna, Berlin, London and Jerusalem, this article aims to reconstruct the circumstances, methods and mechanics of informal diplomacy in the Ottoman Empire under the rule of Sultan Abdülhamit II between 1876 and 1909, answering the following questions: How did the special social, political and economic circumstances of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century Ottoman Empire affect the effectiveness of informal diplomacy? Who was part of informal diplomatic networks in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century Ottoman Empire and who employed their services? How were these networks created, how did they function and what motivated their members?

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  • Rathberger Andreas, 2014. "The “Piano Virtuosos” of International Politics: Informal Diplomacy in the late nineteenth and early twentieth Century Ottoman Empire," New Global Studies, De Gruyter, vol. 8(1), pages 1-21, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:nglost:v:8:y:2014:i:1:p:21:n:2
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