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Introduction
in Intelligence and espionage in the English Republic c. 1600–60
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This book will argue that the 1650s was a formative and significant period in the history of early modern intelligence and espionage. It had novelty in its administrative development, whose roots lay in the Civil Wars on the Parliamentary side. It also saw the development of a version of what we would now call a ‘secret state’. This work will explore some of the trends, the roots and the realities that lay behind the images and shapes of secret intelligence gathering and espionage actions, especially in the 1640s and 1650s, as these Republican regimes moved towards more state management of intelligence matters than their predecessors and away from a ‘working tradition’ in secret matters. The book also introduces readers to the histories of spies and secret agents, their personalities, covert ideas and methods. It especially focuses upon the themes, actions and attitudes of two of the main ‘British’ polities of era: the English Republic of 1649–53 and the Protectoral regime of Oliver Cromwell.

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