Being States and Making Diplomacy in Early Modern Europe: The Danish Kingdom and the Dutch Republic c. 1568-1632
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According to modern concepts the earth is divided into sovereign states. The sovereign states form a state system. They communicate by diplomacy and express their mutual recognition by establishing diplomatic relations. In practice, by mutually accrediting a permanent representative at the seat of government.
All these concepts were very new or fully unknown around 1600. But there existed a diplomatic practice consisting of a number of tools. The most basic of these was the letter. The development of relations between the Netherlands and Denmark 1568-1632 shows how the increasing use and sophistication of these tools developed into a cultural pattern which, expressed in the words used today, constituted mutual diplomatic recognition.
|Tijdschrift voor Skandinavistiek
|Number of pages
|Published - 2006
- Faculty of Humanities - history, foreign policy, Frederik II, Christian IV, Netherlands