Robert Harley as secretary of state and his intelligence work: 1702-1708

Marshall, A (2021) 'Robert Harley as secretary of state and his intelligence work: 1702-1708.' History. ISSN 0018-2648 (Forthcoming)

Abstract

This article will examine Harley’s role as secretary of state (1704-1708), and particularly his work in the world of intelligence and espionage. By probing Harley’s motives and practices, it will link these to the important administrative developments that were taking place in the era. For how such secret material was handled, and how office practice worked, dictated the practices and the use of intelligence material. What Harley’s secretaryship of state does reveal is that by the early eighteenth-century espionage, however well or badly handled it was, had become an essential part of the routine of the early-modern state.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: history, intelligence and espionage, biography, early modern administration, Robert Harley, spies
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Divisions: School of Humanities
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2021 16:09
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2021 09:55
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