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The Civil Wars
in Intelligence and espionage in the English Republic c. 1600–60
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Chapter 3 examines the immediate roots of the intelligence activities of the 1650s to be found in the chaos of the British Civil Wars of the 1640s. As such, this chapter begins with concepts of wartime ‘spy fever’ and then explores the role of espionage in these conflicts across the nations of the British Isles. It examines how and where the techniques of military intelligence were developed and used in the wars and the role of scoutmasters, as well as the careers of some wartime spies and intelligencers. It then considers the Royalist, Covenanter and Parliamentarian administrative solutions to the issue of wartime intelligence and how the Parliamentary solutions on such matters prefigured the type of intelligence work that would be undertaken by the English Republic and the Cromwellian regime through various committees and other elements.

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