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What News on the Rialto? The Trade of Information and Early Modern Venice's Centralized Intelligence Organization

Abstract

This article explores one of the earliest centrally organized state intelligence services in world history. Contrary to the orthodoxy that sees systematized intelligence as a modern political phenomenon, this was developed in early modern Venice. The article reveals the complex organization of Venetian systemized intelligence that distinguished it from other contemporaneous states’ espionage networks. It also shows how Venetian authorities commodified intelligence by engaging citizens and subjects in a trade of information for mutual benefits. Ultimately, the article challenges our understanding of early modern political communication and offers a fresh vista of intelligence as a business trait and economic necessity.

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Iordanou, I

Oxford Brookes departments

Faculty of Business\Department of Business and Management

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Year of publication: 2015
Date of RADAR deposit: 2016-11-11


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