Intelligence Studies in Britain and the US: Historiography Since 1945

Intelligence Studies in Britain and the US: Historiography Since 1945

by Christopher Moran




The first introduction to writing about intelligence and intelligence services. Secrecy has never stopped people from writing about intelligence. From memoirs and academic texts to conspiracy-laden exposés and spy novels, writing on intelligence abounds. Now, this new account uncovers intelligence historiography's hugely important role in shaping popular understandings and the social memory of intelligence. In this first introduction to these official and unofficial histories, a range of leading contributors narrate and interpret the development of intelligence studies as a discipline. Each chapter showcases new archival material, looking at a particular book or series of books and considering issues of production, censorship, representation and reception.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780748646272
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication date: 04/16/2013
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Dr. Christopher R. Moran is an Assistant Professor of US National Security in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick. He is also a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow. Previously, he was a research assistant on the AHRC-funded project, 'Landscapes of Secrecy: The CIA and the Contested Record of US Foreign Policy'. He is the author of Classified: Secrecy and the State in Modern Britain (2012).

Dr. Christopher J. Murphy is a Lecturer in Intelligence Studies in the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences at the University of Salford, and Programme Leader for the MA in Intelligence and Security Studies. He is the author of Security and Special Operations: SOE and MI5 during the Second World War (2006).

Table of Contents

The Editors vii

The Contributors viii

List of Figures xiii

Preface Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones xv

Acknowledgements xix

Introduction: Intelligence Studies Now and Then Christopher R. Moran Christopher J. Murphy 1

Part I American Intelligence Historiography

1 CIA History as a Cold War Battleground: The Forgotten First Wave of Agency Narratives Richard J. Aldrich 19

2 The Culture of Funding Culture: The CIA and the Congress for Cultural Freedom Eric Pullin 47

3 'Real Substance, Not Just Symbolism'? The CIA and the Representation of Covert Operations in the Foreign Relations of the United States Series Matthew Jones Paul McGarr 65

4 Bonum Ex Malo: The Value of Legacy of Ashes in Teaching CIA History Nicholas Dujmovic 90

5 Narrating Covert Action: The CIA, Historiography and the Cold War Kaeten Mistry 111

6 FBI Historiography: From Leader to Organisation Melissa Graves 129

7 Reconceiving Realism: Intelligence Historians and the Fact/Fiction Dichotomy Simon Willmetts 146

8 The Reality is Stranger than Fiction: Anglo-American Intelligence Cooperation from World War II through the Cold War Frederick P. Hitz 172

Part II British Intelligence Historiography

9 A Plain Tale of Pundits, Players and Professionals: The Historiography of the Great Game Robert Johnson 183

10 No Cloaks, No Daggers: The Historiography of British Military Intelligence Jim Beach 202

11 The Study of Interrogation: A Focus on Torture, But What About the Intelligence? Samantha Newbery 222

12 Whitehall, Intelligence and Official History: Editing SOE in France Christopher J. Murphy 236

13 A Tale of Torture? Alexander Scotland, The London Cage and Postwar British Secrecy Daniel W. B. Lomas 251

14 1968 -'A Year to Remember' for the Study of British Intelligence? Adam D. M. Svendsen 263

15 Their Trade is Treachery: A Retrospective Chapman Pincher 281

16 Intelligence and 'Official History' Christopher Baxter Keith Jeffery 289

Index 304

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