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Venice's Secret Service: Organizing Intelligence in the Renaissance

Ioanna Iordanou


According to conventional wisdom, systematized intelligence and espionage are ‘modern’ phenomena. This book overturns this academic orthodoxy, recounting the arresting story of the world’s earliest centrally organized state intelligence organization, created in Renaissance Venice. Headed by the infamous Council of Ten, Renaissance Venice’s intelligence service resembled a public sector institution that operated with remarkable corporate-like complexity and maturity, serving prominent intelligence functions, which included operations (intelligence and covert action), analysis, cryptography, ste ... More

Keywords: espionage, intelligence, secrecy, Renaissance, Venice, organization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198791317
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198791317.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ioanna Iordanou, author
Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management, Oxford Brookes University