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The Dutch Consular Service: In The Interests Of A Colonial And Commercial Nation

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This chapter addresses the question: who was the first Dutch consul after the formation of the Republic of the United Provinces in the late sixteenth century? A complicating factor in the development of the consular service was the Dutch parliament, which kept a keen eye on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs budget. The introduction of the job of career consul did not lead to greater satisfaction among the people that they served. On the contrary, it was followed by a period of stagnation. The Second World War placed great demands on the resilience and determination of the consular service, particularly in Europe and Asia. The consular service of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands was largely a continuation of the consular service of the Republic of the United Provinces, as it had developed from the late sixteenth to the end of the eighteenth century.

Keywords: commercial nation; Dutch consular service; professional service; Second World War; stagnation; United Kingdom

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