‘“The Diplomatic Digestive Organ”':The Foreign Office as the Nerve Centre of Foreign Policy, c. 1800-1940

Otte, T.G. (2019) ‘“The Diplomatic Digestive Organ”':The Foreign Office as the Nerve Centre of Foreign Policy, c. 1800-1940. In: British World Policy and the Projection of British Power, 1830-1960. UNSPECIFIED, Cambridge, pp. 90-110. ISBN 978-1-107-19885-2

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Abstract

Foreign ministries form a central part of modern diplomatic practice. They emerged slowly and haphazardly from the late fifteenth century onwards. With the growth in scope – both geographical and temporal – and intensity of diplomacy came the need for a central organization that could control and coordinate policy at the seat of government. In Tudor and Elizabethan England, too, the steady growth of diplomatic activity spurred on institutional change in the shape of the Principal Secretary of State. Initially, an officer of the royal household, executing the decisions of the monarch and the Privy Council, over time much of his business came to be focused on foreign affairs.

Item Type: Book Section
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2019 03:54
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2020 00:06
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/73416
DOI: 10.1017/9781108182775.006

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