Legatio: The Journal for Renaissance and Early Modern Diplomatic Studies
Legatio is a new international online open source journal hosted by the Polish Academy of Sciences’ Tadeusz Manteuffel Institute of History, Warsaw, in conjunction with the Premodern Diplomats Network. The journal invites contributions from suitably qualified scholars in two categories: articles and critical editions of primary sources. Any submissions will be subject to a double-blind peer review before publication. The journal will also publish book and exhibition reviews, conference reports, and notices relevant to the field of study.
Legatio’s mission is to provide a forum to advance our understanding of the role of diplomats and the function of diplomacy in the Renaissance and early modern world, taking into account the traditional histories of politics, the arts, economics, law, and society, along with emerging histories of gender, exchange, identity, and communication. As such, this journal, seeks to present, disseminate, and promote research of the highest quality that provokes debate and challenges assumptions in an area of historical scholarship too long overlooked.
For decades, early modern diplomatic history has languished as a stagnant field of academic research. Aloof to wider currents and trends in scholarship, the study of diplomatic history was in fast decline. In recent years, this trend has dramatically reversed and increasing numbers of scholars have answered recent calls for a new approach to diplomatic history. Various routes of historical enquiry are now being explored. Apart from understanding political, social, economic, commercial and cultural aspects of early modern diplomacy, historians are now adopting new methods and ideas. Today’s scholarship broadens the field of inquiry by amalgamating cultural, semiotic, and anthropological approaches, whilst continuing to undertake fresh archival research and revise established beliefs.