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Title:
Was it a Sudden Shift in Professionalization? Austrian Cryptology and a Description of the Staatskanzlei Key Collection in the Haus-, Hof- und Staatsarchiv of Vienna
Author:
Benedek Láng: Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
DOI:
https://doi.org/10.3384/ecp2020171012
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Year:
2020
Conference:
Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Historical Cryptology HistoCrypt 2020
Issue:
171
Article no.:
012
Pages:
87-95
No. of pages:
9
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2020-05-19
ISBN:
978-91-7929-827-2
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings universitet


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Cipher keys and code tables in the archives are easy to recognize, but hard to locate. The Staatskanzlei materials preserved in the Haus-, Hof- und Staatsarchiv in Vienna include half a thousand cipher keys and code tables in large cardboard boxes. This exceptionally rich and concentrated cryptologic collection sketches beautifully the four-hundred years of Habsburg diplomacy, as it was precisely the State Chancellery (and its predecessor organizations) that controlled Austrian foreign policy. The paper provides the first detailed description of this collection which is fairly exceptional not only for its historical significance, but also because historians rarely find such a large collection of keys in one single place.

Keywords: Black chamber in Austria; Habsburg diplomacy; Vienna; codebooks

Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Historical Cryptology HistoCrypt 2020

Author:
Benedek Láng
Title:
Was it a Sudden Shift in Professionalization? Austrian Cryptology and a Description of the Staatskanzlei Key Collection in the Haus-, Hof- und Staatsarchiv of Vienna
DOI:
10.3384/ecp2020171012
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Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Historical Cryptology HistoCrypt 2020

Author:
Benedek Láng
Title:
Was it a Sudden Shift in Professionalization? Austrian Cryptology and a Description of the Staatskanzlei Key Collection in the Haus-, Hof- und Staatsarchiv of Vienna
DOI:
https://doi.org10.3384/ecp2020171012
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Citations:
  • Nils Kopa & Michelle Waldispühl (2021). Deciphering three diplomatic letters sent by Maximilian II in 1575. Cryptologia, : 1. DOI: 10.1080/01611194.2020.1858370


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