The principal exception is David H. Dunn, ed., Diplomacy at the highest level: the evolution of international summitry (London: Macmillan, 1996), but these essays concentrate on recent summitry. Keith Eubank, The summit conferences, 1919–1960 (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1966), was a brief historical survey written before any archives were open. G. R. Berridge's standard textbook Diplomacy: theory and practice (3rd edn: Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2005) contains a brief account and analysis of summitry in ch. 10. Henry Kissinger's classic, Diplomacy (New York: Touchstone, 1994), refers briefly to several of these meetings, but it is interesting that ‘summits’ and ‘summitry’ do not appear as conceptual entries in the book's index. There is a succinct essay on Cold War summitry by the former West German diplomat Wilhelm G. Grewe, Die amerikanisch—sowjetischen Gipfeltreffen seit Roosevelt und Stalin (Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 1987).
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