News, Secrecy and Foreign Policy in early modern England

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Date / time: 24 October, All day

Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution

News, Secrecy and Foreign Policy in early modern England

The public discussion of foreign policy and the preservation of ‘state secrets’ became important factors in politics during the early modern period. This one-day conference aims to examine the politics of news, diplomacy and the Arcana imperii c. 1485-1714. Building on recent work on news, rumour and the ‘public sphere’, it aims to explore the relationship between information, counsel, foreign policy and domestic politics and how these things changed over time.

Conference programme:

9.30: Registration and tea/coffee

10:20 Welcome and opening remarks

10:30 – 12:00: Session 1

David Gehring ‘English Intelligence on the Holy Roman Empire and Denmark during the reign of Elizabeth’

Tatyana Zhukova ‘The ‘Tsar’s Secret Matter’: Diplomatic Negotiations of Elizabeth I and Ivan the Terrible in the 1580s’

Porfirio Sanz ‘Foreign Policy, state secrets and propaganda in the years of the Spanish Armada’

12:00 – 1:00: Lunch

1:00 – 2:30: Session 2

David Coast ‘The Duke of Buckingham, secrecy and the ‘crisis of counsel’ in the 1620s’

Beatriz Alvarez Garcia ‘Rumour, News and public discussion at the beginning of Charles I’s reign: the expedition to Cadiz’

Roberta Anderson ‘tbc’

2:30 – 3:00 Coffee break

3:00 – 4:30: Session 3

Noah Millstone ‘The Problem of News in Early Stuart England’

Sara Wolfson ‘Rumour and Stuart foreign policy relations: The Duchesse de Chevreuse and Marie de Medicis at the court of Charles I, 1638-1641’

Alan Marshall ‘Oliver Cromwell, protector, and the art of arcana imperii

4:30 Closing remarks

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