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Dissimulation and the Culture of Secrecy in Early Modern Europe$
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Jon Snyder

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520228191

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520228191.001.0001

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The Government of Designs

The Government of Designs

Dissimulation and Reason of State

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Dissimulation and the Culture of Secrecy in Early Modern Europe

Jon R. Snyder

University of California Press

During the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, much of the population of Europe was racked by bloody religious strife, civil war, and conflict over economic interests. This is where dissimulation in the treatises on reason of states is usually described in ways known to be the standard fashion. Italy had grown increasingly stable after the signing of the Treaty of Cateau-Cambrésis in 1559 that led to the Italian Wars and merged Spanish and papal dominance on the peninsula. Meanwhile, in the course of the sixteenth century, the shift in interest away from the art of politics continued. The humanists had understood that a new kind of reason, the “reason of states”, was required to justify the event.

Keywords:   Italian Wars, religious strife, civil war, economic interests, Cateau-Cambrésis

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