Tue, Jul 18|
Zoom, Rachel Midura
Rachel Midura, "Spies in the Post Office"
Hear from Rachel Midura over Zoom speak about early modern letter Interception & information war. This session will be recorded.
Time & Location
Jul 18, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT
Zoom, Rachel Midura
About this session
The history of postal service is also a history of intelligence-gathering in state-building. A postal service that could ensure safe and secure intelligence was key, but so too was its extension of state surveillance into the budding public sphere. Far from impartial actors, postmasters and postmistresses were active combatants in early modern information wars.
Rachel Midura is Assistant Professor of Early Modern European and Digital History at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She finished her PhD in early modern European history in 2020 at Stanford University, where she was also a senior graduate research fellow at the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis. Her first book, Princes of the Post: Power, Publicity, and Europe’s Postal Revolution (1500-1700) tells a new history of communications in early modern Europe. Her work has most recently appeared in the Journal of Social History (2021) and the edited volume Print and Power (2021).
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