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Remembering Personal Heroism in Times of Democratization: Some Thoughts about the Functionality of Belgian and Swedish Diplomatic Memoirs
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.
2012 (English)In: Transnational Subjects: History, Society and Culture, ISSN 2045-5232, Vol. 2, no 1, 95-103 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Historians have seldom asked why diplomats write their memoirs, and have only rarely inquired into the relationship between the diplomatic profession and the literary genre of memoirs. This essay attempts to clarify these questions by focusing on the Belgian and Swedish diplomatic communities as test cases. We argue that the democratization of diplomacy in the twentieth century incited diplomats to take up their pens in defense of their profession. In order to harmonize their images of self with a changing world and an ever more critical public opinion, they tended to stress the heroic dimension of their professional identities.

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2012. Vol. 2, no 1, 95-103 p.
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democratization, diplomats, heroism, memoirs, Sweden
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-79097OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-79097DiVA: diva2:547178
Available from: 2012-08-27 Created: 2012-08-27 Last updated: 2016-05-17Bibliographically approved

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