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.
|Title of host publication||British World Policy and the Projection of British Power, 1830-1960 |
|Place of Publication||Cambridge|
|Number of pages||21|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 2019|