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FB-51890-05Research Programs: Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsJacob SollThe Secret Sphere: Jean-Baptiste Colbert and the Invention of the Knowledgeable State, 1640-17307/1/2005 - 6/30/2006$40,000.00Jacob Soll   Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, CamdenCamdenNJ08102-1405USA2004European HistoryFellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsResearch Programs400000400000

This project seeks to reveal for the first time the mechanics of how Jean-Baptiste Colbert built the French state’s large-scale information and intelligence network during the second half of the seventeenth century. Colbert realized that there was an information crisis as seditious news, critical history and even politically sensitive geographical information circulated in public. He thus formulated a plan to make his new centralized government into an intelligence-gathering machine, as a counter-balance to the public sphere. Drawing on humanist and scientific traditions, Colbert created the contours of the modern knowledgeable state.