Spies for the Sultan: Ottoman Intelligence in the Great Rivalry with Spain (Hardcover)

Spies for the Sultan: Ottoman Intelligence in the Great Rivalry with Spain By Emrah Safa Gürkan, Jonathan M. Ross (Translator), İdil Karacadağ (Translator) Cover Image

Spies for the Sultan: Ottoman Intelligence in the Great Rivalry with Spain (Hardcover)

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Translated into English for the first time, this is a fascinating history of intelligence practices and their impact on great power rivalries in the early modern era

In the sixteenth century, an intense rivalry between the Ottoman Empire and the Spanish Habsburg Empire and its allies spurred the creation of early modern intelligence. Translated into English for the first time, Emrah Safa G rkan's Spies for the Sultan reconstructs this history of Ottoman espionage, sabotage, and bribery practices in the Mediterranean world.

Then as now, collecting political, naval, military, and economic information was essential to staying one step ahead of your rivals. Porous and shifting borders, the ability to assume multiple identities, and variable allegiances made conditions in this era ripe for espionage around the Mediterranean. The Ottomans used networks of merchants, corsairs, soldiers, and other travelers to move among their enemies and report intelligence from points far and wide. The Ottoman sultans invested in the novel technologies of cryptography and stenography. Ottoman intelligence operatives not only collected information but also used disinformation, bribery, and sabotage to subvert their enemies.

This history of early modern intelligence is based on extraordinary archival research in Turkey, Spain, Italy, Austria, and Croatia, and it provides important insights into the origins of modern intelligence.

Product Details ISBN: 9781647124410
ISBN-10: 1647124417
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Publication Date: May 1st, 2024
Pages: 264
Language: English