40.1 Of the qualities necessary for the profession of a diplomat, Callières treats in his famous work De la manière de négocier avec les souverains,1 and his observations, though made nearly three hundred years ago, have still a good deal to commend them. A brief summary of their main points is given below. In modern days methods of diplomacy are certainly less subtle and tortuous than were those of the past; while the rapidity of communication now enables a negotiator to remain in constant touch with his government throughout. But national character and human...
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