Political relations between Spain and Great Britain during the reign of Ferdinand VII (1808–1833)
Chapter I: Control of foreign policy and diplomatic service in Spain and Great Britain in the early 19th century
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Control of foreign policy and diplomatic service in Spain and Great Britain in the early 19th century
A historian researching the functioning of the administration in the Spanish monarchy under the Antiguo Régimen runs up against serious difficulties which result from the complexity of the entire machinery of power. Despite many otherwise partially successful attempts at streamlining and unifying the administration, which were spearheaded by the first Bourbons on the throne of Spain, throughout the 19th century it continued to remain a highly intricate and rather opaque mechanism, which resulted both in its inefficiency and expensiveness1.
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