Event Type: Branch

Takes Place: 19th March 2020

Time: 8.00pm

Venue: Fellowship House, 136A Willifield Way, London NW11 6YD

Description: Alan Marshall is Professor of History at Bath Spa University. His interests have focused on the 17th Century, and his books include Oliver Cromwell: Soldier ‐ The Military Life of a Revolutionary at War and Intelligence and Espionage in the Reign of Charles II, 1660–1685. He has written numerous articles and chapters on the same period. His current research focuses on intelligence and espionage in the early modern era and relates to the study of how the principles behind ‘arcana imperii’ (or secrets of state) permeated early‐modern government to form the ancestor of the modern ‘secret state’. The study is interdisciplinary, referencing history and philosophy, literature and culture. It will work towards ascertaining the reasoning behind early‐modern intelligence activities rather than taking the traditional approach of studying covert practices. The project will seek to inform our understanding of the modern secret state; a question of considerable contemporary debate and importance given the post‐Assange/Snowden world in which we live.

Price: Free to members. £5.00 for non-members.

Tel: 020 8368 5328


Organiser: Jeremy Berkoff

Lecturer: Professor Alan Marshall, Professor of History, Bath Spa University

Region: London

Branch: Hampstead and North West London

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