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"Don’t talk. The web is spun for you with invisible threads, keep out of it, help to destroy it – spies are listening" by Boston Public Library on Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

“Don’t talk. The web is spun for you with invisible threads,
keep out of it, help to destroy it – spies are listening”
by Boston Public Library on Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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The voice of silence:
intelligence, espionage
and warfare in XX century

Since ancient times, conflicting actors needed to gather information on the enemy’s strength in order to anticipate their moves and get to know their strategies. This special issue aims at contribute to the historiography on espionage as part of late modern conflicts. We are looking for proposal focusing on intelligence actions carried out by war participants within their borders as well as in enemy territory. We will welcome particularly contributions that exploit new archival and documentary sources.

Who were the central actors in intelligence operations? Which agencies or authorities planned and carried out those operations? What networks did they use and activate to reach their goals?

These are some of the topics we would like to address in this monographic issue. We will focus on intelligence operations in twentieth-century conflicts in Europe or elsewhere in the world.

World War II and the Cold War played a crucial role in the creation and development of intelligence services, developing specific military and professional profiles and agencies dedicated to these practices. However, Diacronie will also consider articles related to previous or following conflicts (e.g. the Spanish Civil War) as well as conflicts not directly or indirectly related to World War II.


How to send an article

The authors interested in this CFP can submit their article in Italian, English, French, Portuguese, German (Portuguese and German articles will be translated to Italian by editorial office) or Spanish. Articles must have an extension between 30.000 and 40.000 characters (including spaces, footnotes and bibliographies); please refer to for style and templates requirements. All proposal will be sent at Scrivi una mail redazione.diacronie[at]

Please notify as soon as possible, by contacting the editors, of your intention to participate with an article. The deadline for the proposal abstract (1000 characters) is 30th of June 2016. We will notify of the acceptance or rejection of the proposal by 15th July 2016. Final submission must be sent by 15th of September 2016. Number will be published in December 2016.

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