Empires of Intelligence: Security Services and Colonial Disorder after 1914 / Edition 1

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How did Great Britain and France, the largest imperial powers of the early twentieth century, cope with mounting anticolonial nationalism in the Arab world? What linked domestic opponents and foreign challengers in the Middle East and North Africa—Syria, Palestine, Transjordan, Iraq, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and Egypt—as inhabitants attempted to overthrow the European colonial order? What strategies did the British and French adopt in the face of these threats? Empires of
the first study of colonial intelligence services to use recently declassified reports, argues that colonial control in the British and French empires depended on an elaborate security apparatus. Martin Thomas shows for the first time the crucial role of intelligence gathering in maintaining imperial control in the years before decolonization.

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Editorial Reviews

“Provides a masterful synthesis of historiography with extensive archival research.”
Intl Journal Of Middle East Stds (Ijmes)
“Fascinating. . . . Impressive. . . . Thomas should be applauded.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520251175
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 10/9/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 446
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin Thomas is Reader in Colonial History at the University of Exeter. He is the author of The French Empire at War (1998), The French North African Crisis (2000), and The French Empire between the Wars. Imperialism, Politics, and Society (2005).

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations

Introduction: Exploring
Intelligence and Empire
1. The Development of
Intelligence Services and Security Policing in North Africa and the Middle East
2. Past Precedents and Colonial Rule
3. Constructing the Enemy:
Intelligence, Islam, and Communism
Intelligence and Revolt I:
British Security Services and Communal Unrest in Egypt, Iraq, and Sudan
Intelligence and Revolt II:
French Security Services and Communal Unrest in Morocco and Syria
6. Policing the Desert Frontier:

Intelligence, Environment, and Bedouin Communities
Intelligence and Urban Opposition in French Territories
8. Disorder in the Palestine Mandate:
Intelligence and the Descent to War in the British Middle East
9. Domestic Politics,
International Threats, and
Colonial Security in French Territories, 1936–1939
Intelligence, Security, and the Colonial State

Selected Bibliography


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