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The Resource Empire of secrets : British intelligence, the Cold War and the twilight of Empire, Calder Walton

Empire of secrets : British intelligence, the Cold War and the twilight of Empire, Calder Walton

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Empire of secrets : British intelligence, the Cold War and the twilight of Empire
Title
Empire of secrets
Title remainder
British intelligence, the Cold War and the twilight of Empire
Statement of responsibility
Calder Walton
Title variation
British intelligence, the Cold War and the twilight of empire
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The gripping and largely untold story of the role of the intelligence services in Britain's retreat from empire. Against the background of the Cold War, and the looming spectre of Soviet-sponsored subversion in Britain's dwindling colonial possessions, the imperial intelligence service MI5 played a crucial but top secret role in passing power to newly independent national states across the globe. Mining recently declassified intelligence records, Calder Walton reveals this 'missing link' in Britain's post-war history. He sheds new light on everything from violent counter-insurgencies fought by British forces in the jungles of Malaya and Kenya, to urban warfare campaigns conducted in Palestine and the Arabian Peninsula. Drawing on a wealth of previously classified documents, as well as hitherto overlooked personal papers, this is also the first book to draw on records from the Foreign Office's secret archive at Hanslope Park, which contains some of the darkest and most shameful secrets from the last days of Britain's empire. Packed with incidents straight out of a John le Carre novel, Empire of Secrets is an exhilarating read by an exciting new voice in intelligence history
Summary
A first book by a pioneering intelligence historian discusses how Great Britain and the imperial intelligence service MI5 played a crucial but virtually unseen role throughout the Cold War, drawing on recently declassified intelligence records to reveal violent counterinsurgencies, urban warfare campaigns and other sobering acts committed in an effort to destabilize Communist threats
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10231645
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DLC
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Walton, Calder
Dewey number
909
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Intelligence service
  • International relations
  • Intelligence service
  • Intelligence service
  • Cold War
  • Great Britain
  • Great Britain
Target audience
adult
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British intelligence, the Cold War and the twilight of Empire
Label
Empire of secrets : British intelligence, the Cold War and the twilight of Empire, Calder Walton
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Publication
Note
Formerly CIP.
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 383-393) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Victoria's secrets : British intelligence and empire before the Second World War -- Strategic deception : British intelligence, special operations and empire in the Second World War -- 'The red light is definitely showing' : MI5, the British Mandate of Palestine and Zionist terrorism -- The empire strikes back : the British secret state and imperial security in the early Cold War -- Jungle warfare : British intelligence and the Malayan Emergency -- British intelligence and the setting sun on Britain's African empire -- British intelligence, covert action and counter-insurgency in the Middle East -- Conclusion : British intelligence : the last penumbra of empire
Control code
000050526723
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xxxii, 411 pages
Isbn
9780007457960
Lccn
2013375075
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)828036106
Label
Empire of secrets : British intelligence, the Cold War and the twilight of Empire, Calder Walton
Publication
Note
Formerly CIP.
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 383-393) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Victoria's secrets : British intelligence and empire before the Second World War -- Strategic deception : British intelligence, special operations and empire in the Second World War -- 'The red light is definitely showing' : MI5, the British Mandate of Palestine and Zionist terrorism -- The empire strikes back : the British secret state and imperial security in the early Cold War -- Jungle warfare : British intelligence and the Malayan Emergency -- British intelligence and the setting sun on Britain's African empire -- British intelligence, covert action and counter-insurgency in the Middle East -- Conclusion : British intelligence : the last penumbra of empire
Control code
000050526723
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xxxii, 411 pages
Isbn
9780007457960
Lccn
2013375075
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)828036106

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