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Ways in which we are all diplomats. What is meant by secret diplomacy. Professional diplomacy. What that term means, and a brief history of the job. The work of a diplomatic representative up to quite recent times. Changes in the twentieth century, and reasons for the changes. Changes also in the character of the Embassy staff. The commercial phase of diplomacy much sharpened since the war. A new phase of diplomacy with the Treaty of Versailles and the beginning of the League of Nations. Ways in which the task of the diplomat has become more complicated and difficult than before. The duties of British diplomatists. The speaker's appraisal of the "proper characteristics of a successful diplomatic representative." The curious fact that a diplomatic representative usually has more difficulty with his own government than with any other.