• Melanie Morisse-Schilbach
Part of the Studies in Diplomacy and International Relations book series (SID)


It is not surprising that the first modern foreign ministry in the world was established in France. The reasons are twofold: externally, the near-hegemony of France in Europe necessitated appropriate administrative arrangements between the capital and ambassadors abroad, while internally, the emergence of the French sovereign’s philosophy of ‘l’Etat — c’est moi’ privileged central administration of foreign affairs. Because of this, France was the first state to break with the then existing habit of combining domestic and foreign policy administration in the same department — a common practice among the greater European states until the early eighteenth century.1


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