Empire of Secrets: British Intelligence, the Cold War, and the Twilight of Empire

Empire of Secrets: British Intelligence, the Cold War, and the Twilight of Empire

by Calder Walton


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781468307153
Publisher: The Overlook Press
Publication date: 11/14/2013
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 1,295,419
Product dimensions: 6.54(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.56(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Calder Walton is a leading expert among a new generation of intelligence historians. He earned a doctorate in history from Cambridge and has published widely on intelligence history. This is his first book.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Abbreviations and Glossary xi

Map: Principal MI5 posts in the empire and Commonwealth in the early Cold War xiv-xv

Introduction xix

1 Victoria's Secrets: British Intelligence and Empire Before the Second World War 1

2 Strategic Deception: British Intelligence, Special Operations and Empire in the Second World War 30

3 'The Red Light is Definitely Showing': MI5, the British Mandate of Palestine and Zionist Terrorism 72

4 The Empire Strikes Back: The British Secret State and Imperial Security in the Early Cold War 113

5 Jungle Warfare: British Intelligence and the Malayan Emergency 163

6 British Intelligence and the Setting Sun on Britain's African Empire 210

7 British Intelligence, Covert Action and Counter-Insurgency in the Middle East 287

Conclusion - British Intelligence: The Last Penumbra of Empire 329

Acknowledgements 351

Note on Sources and Methodology 353

Notes 357

Bibliography 383

Index 395

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Praise for Empire of Secrets:

"A major work, and a vivid and important history. Calder Walton shows his ability to change our understanding of the end of Empire by reinserting the missing intelligence dimension--comparable perhaps to the way Bletchley Park and ULTRA have changed the history of WWII." --Christopher Andrew, author of Defend the Realm: The Authorized History of MI5

"Calder Walton's pioneering use of MI5's imperial security files has unearthed a museum-full of historical treasures previously unknown to or neglected by both intelligence historians or end-of-empire scholars. Reading his work has taught me heaps." --Peter Hennessy, author of The Secret State: Whitehall and the Cold War

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