Sublime Diplomacy: Byzantine, Early Modern, Contemporary

  title={Sublime Diplomacy: Byzantine, Early Modern, Contemporary},
  author={Iver B. Neumann},
  journal={Millennium - Journal of International Studies},
  pages={865 - 888}
  • I. Neumann
  • Published 1 August 2006
  • History
  • Millennium - Journal of International Studies
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