Jacob, Duke of Courland and Semigallia (1610–1681): International Relations
In the early modern period, the Duchy of Courland was an example of statehood in the territory of present-day Latvia – unlike Vidzeme and Latgale, which, following the breakup of the mediaeval Livonia (1561), fell under the direct rule of the neighbouring great powers. The small duchy, despite being a fief of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, soon became an equal subject of international relations in Europe of the day.
Due to Duke Jacob Kettler's (1610–1681) economic and diplomatic activities, in the mid-17th century the name of Courland was known across the world and as far as the coasts of Africa and America.
To mark the 370th anniversary of the day Duke Jacob signed his first international agreement, the Latvian State Historical Archives offer an insight into Duke Jacob's international relations, and present unique evidence from the museum holdings.
International Agreements of the Republic of Latvia
In commemoration of the 93rd Anniversary of the de iure recognition of the Republic of Latvia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia offers an illustrative exhibition on Latvia's international agreements. The exposition features agreements concluded during the interwar period and in the present day.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs – the keeper of contemporary international agreements – provides the public with an opportunity to view the original treaties and the principal elements of their layout. Present-day agreements of major importance for Latvia – on Latvia's membership of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the accession to the European Union – have also been displayed for the first time.
The images on the stands feature international agreements of the inter-bellum period, the originals of which are stored at the Latvian State Historical Archives of the National Archives of Latvia.