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    Archival intelligence: diplomatic correspondence, information overload, and information management in Italy, 1450–1650

    De Vivo, Filippo (2018) Archival intelligence: diplomatic correspondence, information overload, and information management in Italy, 1450–1650. In: Peters, K. and Walsham, A. and Corens, L. (eds.) Archives and Information in the Early Modern World. Proceedings of the British Academy 212. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, pp. 53-85. ISBN 9780197266250.

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    Abstract

    The rise of permanent diplomacy in the 15th century and the expansion of diplomatic networks in the 16th resulted in a massive surge in correspondence between ambassadors and their masters back home. Historians justly inscribe this phenomenon in the early modern information revolution, but news only turns into information and information into useful knowledge if it is packaged and retrieved for re-circulation. Information overload requires new management techniques, which were honed by chancellors and secretaries. Archives were centres of information long before they became repositories of sources for historians. Focusing on Italy in the period 1450–1650, this article discusses the gathering and circulation of diplomatic letters and dispatches, systems for managing correspondence on receipt, techniques for processing information, and the storage of correspondence in archives. It compares the arrangements adopted in republics and principalities to underline their differences as well as similarities.

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    Item Type: Book Section
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
    Depositing User: Filippo De Vivo
    Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2020 09:31
    Last Modified: 24 Jan 2020 09:31
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/28528

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