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The British Secret Services (Hardback)
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The British Secret Services (Hardback)

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Hardback 147 Pages / Published: 31/12/1996
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This volume, which is arranged by agency and period, provides a comprehensive examination of the literature concerning the history of the world famous British Secret Services from their Elizabethan origins to the present. Special attention is paid to the roles and activities of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), the Security Service (MIS) and the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).

The goal of the volume thirteenth in this series on international organizations, is to provide a map of the literature about the British Secret Services, identifying sources of information-and occasionally disinformation. Davies evaluates unsound as well as sound sources of the literature about United Kingdom intelligence. The annotations will give the reader a guide to the most reliable and informative sources in the field, as well as identifying the weaker sources. Davies includes a glossary of British intelligence terms and abbreviations.

There are no comparable volumes on British intelligence. A small number of books concerned with the U.S. Secret Services do deal in passing with British intelligence, but these are limited and frequently inadequate. British Secret Services includes popular, professional, and scholarly sources and will provide a starting point for anyone doing research on British intelligence. It will also be an essential reference tool for those interested in the history of intelligence agencies and national security in general, and in the development of the British secret services in particular. Historians, political scientists, and strategy defense professionals will find this useful in then- work.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
ISBN: 9781560002314
Number of pages: 147
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 222 x 146 x 17 mm


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"Wide-ranging in scope, [this] British volume contains 518 citations and begins with a lengthy historical introduction, followed by a glossary of acronyms and terms. The remainder of the volume is divided into 10 chapters beginning with the origins and evolution of the British intelligence system (in chapters covering 1580-1909, 1909-45, and 1945-95). Separate chapters cover the major organizations dealing with communications, codes and ciphers, and security intelligence. Chapters 10 ("Special Operations Executive") and 11 ("Wartime Deception") cover the WW II period."

--V. McHale, Choice


"Wide-ranging in scope, [this] British volume contains 518 citations and begins with a lengthy historical introduction, followed by a glossary of acronyms and terms. The remainder of the volume is divided into 10 chapters beginning with the origins and evolution of the British intelligence system (in chapters covering 1580-1909, 1909-45, and 1945-95). Separate chapters cover the major organizations dealing with communications, codes and ciphers, and security intelligence. Chapters 10 ("Special Operations Executive") and 11 ("Wartime Deception") cover the WW II period."

--V. McHale, Choice


-Wide-ranging in scope, [this] British volume contains 518 citations and begins with a lengthy historical introduction, followed by a glossary of acronyms and terms. The remainder of the volume is divided into 10 chapters beginning with the origins and evolution of the British intelligence system (in chapters covering 1580-1909, 1909-45, and 1945-95). Separate chapters cover the major organizations dealing with communications, codes and ciphers, and security intelligence. Chapters 10 (-Special Operations Executive-) and 11 (-Wartime Deception-) cover the WW II period.-

--V. McHale, Choice

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