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Call for Papers: In the fraught political and diplomatic environment of early modern Europe and the Mediterranean, many states, especially smaller and weaker ones, opted to pursue a policy of neutrality. Yet as Francesco Sansovino noted in his "Concetti politiici," neutrality had both advantages and disadvantages. On the one hand, it gave the neutral state some leverage as the opposing parties tried to win it over to their side; on the other, failure to declare for one side or the other could earn a state or prince the hatred of all. This call-for-papers invites submissions for two or three sessions that explore the issue/problem of neutrality in the early modern world from a variety of perspectives. Papers may examine neutrality from the theoretical perspective as espoused in political treatises and legal opinions or the uses of neutrality in diplomatic and political practice. Proposals for these sessions should be submitted to Dennis Romano, Syracuse University (firstname.lastname@example.org). Each proposal must include a paper title, abstract (150-word maximum), a list of keywords, and a brief curriculum vitae (300-word maximum). Deadline for submissions: June 1, 2013. Dennis Romano Dept of History Syracuse University --