State and Information in the Early Modern Mediterranean

with Emrah Safa Gürkan

hosted by Chris Gratien

The level and type of information that states can collect radically impacts their potential for centralization and activity both domestically and in the international arena, and thus, the development of information gathering systems both formal and covert has accompanied the growth of more centralized political entities. In this podcast, Dr. Emrah Safa Gürkan explains the development of information gathering systems in the early modern Mediterranean citing examples from Ottoman, Hapsburg, and French history.

Emrah Safa Gürkan is a recent PhD from the department of history at Georgetown University currently teaching at Bahçeşehir University in Istanbul (see
Chris Gratien is a PhD candidate studying the history of the modern Middle East at Georgetown University (see

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