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How did the Italian city states contribute to modern diplomacy?

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September 07, 2011 3:44AM

Balance of power; whenever one Italian state appeared to gain a predominant position , other states combined to establish a balance of power against major threat. In the formation of these alliances, renaissance Italians invented the machinary of modern diplomacy : permanent embassies with resident ambassadors in capitals where politcal relation and commercial ties needed continual monitoring.