Asked in Italy
How did the Italian city states contribute to modern diplomacy?
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.