Starts Diego de Pantoja’s Year, pioneer of Spain-China cultural exchange

Starts Diego de Pantoja’s Year, pioneer of Spain-China cultural exchange

The Instituto Cervantes inaugurated last Wednesday in Madrid the Año Diego de Pantoja, with which it is intended to pay homage to the …

 

An American diplomat in the Sevillian Holy Week of the 19th century

An American diplomat in the Sevillian Holy Week of the 19th century

The life of American diplomat, historian and journalist Stephen Bonsal (1865-1951) was …

The Holy Week of Baroque Madrid told by a French aristocrat

The Holy Week of Baroque Madrid told by a French aristocrat

In April 1679, the Countess Madame d'Aulnoy, a French aristocrat who wrote fairy tales, …

Marx was censored in USSR because of a book on diplomacy and tsarism

Marx was censored in USSR because of a book on diplomacy and tsarism

In 1933, the Stalin regime decided to interrupt the publication of the complete works of …

The Nativity scene: a Neapolitan custom that came with Carlos III

The Nativity scene: a Neapolitan custom that came with Carlos III

Tradition says that the Christmas custom of representing the scenes of the Nativity of …

Troubetzkoy, the Russian princess who introduced the Christmas tree in Spain

Troubetzkoy, the Russian princess who introduced the Christmas tree in Spain

As it is common in these cases, the origin of the Christmas tree includes all kinds of …

National Lottery’s war origin, from Esquilache to the Cortes of Cádiz

National Lottery’s war origin, from Esquilache to the Cortes of Cádiz

In 1759, Carlos VII of Naples became Carlos III of Spain, and by virtue of this, one of …

Russia celebrates 350 years of the arrival of its first embassy to Spain

Russia celebrates 350 years of the arrival of its first embassy to Spain

The Russian ambassador, Yuri Korchagin, has celebrated several events to commemorate the …

Líjar against France. Hundred Years’ War in a town of Almería

Líjar against France. Hundred Years’ War in a town of Almería

In October 1883, the town council of Líjar, in Almería, declared war on France to …

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Zanzibar Island underwent the shortest war of history 121 years ago

On 27 August 1896, 121 years ago, the Zanzibar Island experienced the shortest war of history: 38 exact minutes were enough for the British …

When diplomats become writers

"Students of Diplomatic Schools and Academies in the world are often taught that Diplomacy and the Army are two sides of the same coin”, …

Rubén Darío, Nicaragua’s Ambassador to the Spain of Alfonso XIII

Apart from narrator, essayist, chronicler, thinker, master of Modernism and cultural critic, Rubén Darío was a diplomat. Between the end …

Felipe II, England’s prince consort before his reign in Spain

The British Embassy has repeatedly remembered, on the occasion of the visit of the Spanish Monarchs, the ties existing between both Royal …

The first Spanish-British alliance between Peter the Cruel and the Black Prince

This week is marked by the visit of State of the Spanish Monarchs to the United Kingdom, the first one in 31 years. However, the diplomatic …

Spain on the verge of Europe: foreign policy in the 1977 elections

Last Thursday was the fortieth anniversary of the first democratic elections in Spain since 1936, that had to lay the foundations to end …

Spain and Russia commemorate three diplomatic anniversaries this year

Leaving aside the centenary of the revolutions and events in Russia of 1917, this 2017 is a “rich” year as regards bilateral …

17th century Madrid’s Holy Week in the eyes of a Muslim Ambassador

In 1690, the Moroccan Sultan Muley Ismail sent to Madrid his personal secretary, Abd al-Wahhab al Gassani, from Fez and of Andalusian …