This article investigates the attitude of Belgian diplomats in the debate about the creation of a stronger army in the decades before the First World War. Closely reading the writings of three members of the diplomatic corps and comparing their discourse with the words of their colleagues, it argues that the current historiographical narrative on the diplomats’ stance towards militarization is in need of revision.
This article provides an analysis of the importance of foreign investments in the Spanish Economic History of the nineteenth century, and focuses on the significance of the sources on this topic. It also describes the way sources related to this matter have been found both in Spanish and in European archives. It mainly summarizes the publication A Guide to Sources of Information on Foreign Investment in Spain, with special emphasis on the Belgian and Dutch firms involved.