About this Network

H-Diplo is H-Net's network for Diplomatic History, International Affairs, Foreign Policy, International Relations, Peacekeeping Studies, Nuclear History and Policy Studies, and Transnational Studies.

I. The H-Diplo Network: Scope, Content, Purpose

Established in 1993, H-Diplo has evolved from its origins as an electronic discussion list for a diplomatic historians into a flagship global interdisciplinary network and publication center for matters relating to diplomatic and international history, broadly defined. Over the past twenty-five years it has become one of the most relevant and important open-access scholarly resources on the internet. Each year, H-Diplo publishes over 300 commissioned roundtable reviews, article reviews, essays, commentaries, and policy series, as well as original works of scholarship. It features penetrating discussions and forums on important new works, including both monographs and articles in the top journals of the field. In 2016 it inaugurated a widely read series of essays on the implications of the Trump presidency.

H-Diplo publications wed the thoughtfulness of print publications with the dynamism of electronic media. H-Diplo thus increases the velocity of communication in the field and lowers the barriers to discussion by scholars across the globe, while maintaining strict scholarly standards. Our publications regularly are cited in academic literature, both print and electronic; having one’s book featured in an H-Diplo roundtable is considered to be a vital step for scholars as they seek tenure and promotion. Our publications also feature prominently on the syllabi of many college and university courses, and are particularly popular in graduate seminars.

Our professional quality pdf formatted documents, which are based upon our innovative digital publishing project initiated in the late 1990s, are openly accessible on a variety of devices. Our publications are permanently accessible, free of charge, to anyone who wishes to read them.


  • Is a member of H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online. Please consider making a donation to help support H-Net's costs; open access to scholarly publication and discussion networks is vital to the transmission of scholarship and research across the globe.
  • Is a network dedicated to the study of diplomatic history, international relations, and foreign policy, broadly defined.
  • Has members from across the globe and from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds.
  • Is overseen by an advisory board composed of distinguished scholars that determine its overall policies. Day-to-day operations are handled by the H-Diplo editors. Their details are located on our Personnel page at https://networks.h-net.org/node/28443/pages/28446/h-diplo-personnel
  • Gratefully acknowledges the National Security Archive for its continued generous support of the H-Diplo Managing Editor Position.   
  • Thanks the International Security Studies Forum (ISSF), a partnership between the International Studies Association's Security Studies Section and the journals International Security, Security Studies, and the Journal of Strategic Studies, for its support of the H-Diplo/ISSF partnership.

Thanks for visiting H-Diplo. If you are interested in joining our team of network and review editors, please send a note to Diane Labrosse, labrosse [at] mail.h-net.org.

II. Editors.

H-Diplo is edited by field experts approved by the network board and certified by H-Net’s Executive Council.  The editors serve two-year renewable terms and rotate their duties. Editors are listed in the Network Staff List linked from the network’s front page. The editors will solicit postings through the H-Net Commons, will approve new subscriptions, will handle routine inquiries, and manage submissions. Anyone with suggestions about what H-Diplo can and might do is invited to send in ideas by writing to the editorial address. The editors will solicit and post newsletter-type information (calls for conferences, for example, or listings of sessions at conventions.) Like all H-Net networks, H-Diplo is moderated to edit out material that, in the editors' opinion, is not germane to the network mission, involves technical matters (such as subscription management requests), is inflammatory, or violates evolving, yet common, standards of Internet etiquette. Please read section III below for details about ownership, style, formatting, and content of your messages. H-Net's procedure for resolving disputes over editorial practices is Article II, Section 2.02 of our council policies, located at:


For a list of current editors, visit: https://networks.h-net.org/node/28443/staffpage

III. Communicating Through the Network.

A. Copyright notice. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY. H-Net considers all content posted to its forums to be a form of publication. Unless otherwise arranged with H-Net, all contributions to H-Diplo are subject to H-Net’s Terms of Use and its policies concerning copyright and intellectual property, Art. III, Sec. 3.01-3.08 of the H-Net Council Policies. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of H-Net's terms of use. Users of the site verify that they are authorized by copyright holders to submit content to H-Net for publication according to those terms of use, including the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License linked here http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/us/. Unless otherwise indicated, reviews commissioned by H-Net and published under its imprint are subject to a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.

A full copy of the H-Net Council Policies and Bylaws and other important information may be found at:


B. Contributions: The tone and content of H-Diplo depends directly on subscribers. The editors want to encourage lively, informal, productive discussion and exchange of information. To that end, we ask that contributions be considerate of the needs of a busy audience of scholars, many of whom must pay for their access to the internet. A number of excellent guides to online behavior and style are available on the internet and we invite you consult them.

-- ALL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE NETWORK MUST BE SIGNED. If your profile on the H-Net Commons is not filled out with a valid name and affiliation the editors will delay posting until authorship and email address are confirmed.

-- CONTENT: Editors retain the right to review material for its pertinence, tone, style, and relevance to the network's mission. Ad hominems, unattributed quotations or innuendo, private messages forwarded for posting without permission, or messages that violate the norms of civility and professional courtesy will be rejected. Persistent violators can be removed as subscribers to the network.  H-Net permanently archives its content on the H-Net Commons.  Do not submit material that you consider to be of a private nature or that you would not want available to future readers.

-- STYLE: the default editorial style for discussion postings is that of a letter to the editor. Your remarks can be crafted to suit the tone of an existing discussion thread, but in any case they should address the editor and not make direct personal references to others, except where you are replying directly to a simple query (e.g., "you can find this information in Webster's Third International Dictionary."). Avoid excessive quotation of messages you refer or reply to.

-- FORMAT: While you can submit your posts to the Commons using various fonts, styles and formatting these may be edited by the editor for uniformity and readability.

IV. Technical Information.

When you subscribe to the Commons, H-Net will send you a confirmation message containing important information about managing your subscription. For online help with your subscription see http://networks.h-net.org/help-desk, especially the “Getting Started” section. These guides will help you modify your notifications, unsubscribe from the network, change the e-mail address associated with your profile, and use your “My H-Net” page effectively. If you still have questions after reading the guides please email help@mail.h-net.msu.edu or call 1.517.432.5134 between 9 am - 5 pm (Eastern).

V. The H-Diplo Network Site

The H-Diplo network site contains the following required information and services:

- The archives of the H-Diplo network discussions and other uploaded content

- The network's official documents: its about page, lists of board members and editors, contact information, and other founding and information documents.

- Hypertext links to resources in our subject: teaching materials, research archives, other networks.

VI. Advisory Board.

H-Diplo's daily activities are managed by the editors. Its long-term policies are developed by the advisory board. If you are interested in serving on the board, please contact the current editor. Board members referee incoming articles, reviews, and teaching materials; establish basic subscription restrictions and policy; advise the editors on disputes among editors and subscribers; monitor the network and make active contributions to discussion; and serve as the subscribers' voice in H-Net affairs. You are encouraged to contact any or all of the editorial board members with ideas and concerns about H-Diplo.

For a list of the current advisory board, visit: https://networks.h-net.org/node/28443/staffpage

VII. Our Parent Organization: H-Net

H-Net is an international consortium of scholars in the humanities and social sciences that creates and coordinates digital networks, using a variety of media, and with a common objective of advancing humanities and social science teaching and research. H-Net was created to provide a positive, supportive, egalitarian environment for the friendly exchange of ideas and scholarly resources.

The goals of H-NET networks are to enable scholars to easily communicate current research and teaching interests; to discuss new approaches, methods and tools of analysis; to share information on digital resources; and to test new ideas and share comments on the literature in their fields.

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