Along with new maritime networks, information stiched together the empires of the early modern period.
One component of the growing networks of information in the increasingly connected space of the Mediterranean world was espionage.
As we learn in our latest conversation with Emrah Safa Gürkan about his new book Sultanın Casusları (Spies of the Sultan), the Ottoman Empire was both party and subject to the fascinating exploits of early modern spies. In this episode, we learn about the lives of Ottoman spies profiled in Gürkan’s book, and we consider how the transformation of espionage in the Mediterranean relates to the development of early modern empires.
Espionage in the 16th century Mediterranean: Secret Diplomacy, Mediterranean Go-betweens and the Ottoman-Habsburg Rivalry