Intelligence and the War against Japan: Britain, America and the Politics of Secret Service

Intelligence and the War against Japan: Britain, America and the Politics of Secret Service

by Richard J. Aldrich
     
 

British and American political leaders had conflicting views of the proper structuring of the world that they wished to emerge after World War II. Aldrich (politics, U. of Nottingham, UK) examines the development during the war in the Pacific of the American Office of Secret Services and the British Special Operations Executive in the context of this often bitter… See more details below

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British and American political leaders had conflicting views of the proper structuring of the world that they wished to emerge after World War II. Aldrich (politics, U. of Nottingham, UK) examines the development during the war in the Pacific of the American Office of Secret Services and the British Special Operations Executive in the context of this often bitter rivalry. He argues that the acrimonious battles over increasingly grey areas of operational jurisdictions were an essential catalyst in the disputes that were to arise at the close of the war. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521066198
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/19/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.18(d)

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: intelligence and empire; Part I. Before Pearl Harbor, 1937–41: 2. Wing Commander Wigglesworth flies east: the lamentable state of intelligence, 1937–9; 3. Insecurity and the fall of Singapore; 4. Surprise despite warning: intelligence and the fall of Singapore; 5. Conspiracy or confusion? Churchill, Roosevelt and Pearl Harbor; 6. 'Imperial Security Services': the emergence of OSS and SOE; Part II. India and Spheres of Influence, 1941–4: 7. 'Do-gooders' and 'bad men': Churchill, Roosevelt and rivalry over empire; 8. American intelligence and the British Raj: OSS and OWI in India, 1941–4; 9. Strange allies: British intelligence and security in India, 1941–4; Part III. Mountbatten's South East Asia Command, 1943–5: 10. Secret service and Mountbatten's South East Asia Command; 11. Special operations in South East Asia; 12. The British Secret Intelligence Service (M16) in the Far East; 13. Centre and region: the politics of signals intelligence; Part IV. Rivalry or Rivalries? China, 1942–5: 14. American struggles in China: OSS and Naval Group; 15. Britain and her allies in China; Part V. The End of the War in Asia, 1945–6: 16. Anti-colonialism, anti-communism and plans for post-war Asia; 17. Resisting the resistance: Thailand, Malaya and Burma; 18. Special operations in liberated areas: Indochina and the Netherlands East Indies, 1944–6; 19. Hong Kong and the future of China; 20. Conclusion: the hidden hand and the fancy foot.

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