Pageantry, Performance and Statecraft: Diplomacy and the Presidential Image

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This chapter explores the importance of a president’s diplomatic identity in shaping their reputation and legacy, arguing that diplomatic ritual is used to transmit important messages to domestic and international audiences, often with lasting impacts. Drawing on presidential archives, and both U.S. and U.K. media coverage, this chapter places president’s diplomatic identities within a broad context of their historical reputations, and considers how assessments of their diplomatic efforts and achievements affect and are affected by their wider legacies and reputations. By considering key examples from several post World War Two administrations additional conclusions are drawn regarding the importance of presidential style, rhetoric, and popular culture in shaping historical reputations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConstructing Presidential Legacy
Subtitle of host publicationHow We Remember the American President
EditorsMichael Patrick Cullinane, Sylvia Ellis
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages29
ISBN (Electronic)9781474437349
ISBN (Print)9781474437318
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2018

Publication series

NameNew Perspectives on the American Presidency
PublisherEdinburgh University Press


  • American Presidency
  • Diplomacy
  • Presidential Legacy


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