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

  title={What News on the Rialto? The Trade of Information and Early Modern Venice’s Centralized Intelligence Organization},
  author={Ioanna Iordanou},
  journal={Intelligence and National Security},
  pages={305 - 326}
  • I. Iordanou
  • Published 15 April 2016
  • Political Science
  • Intelligence and National Security
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… Expand
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