MI6: The History of the Secret Intelligence Service 1909-1949

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A&C Black, Sep 21, 2010 - History - 864 pages
A groundbreaking book, this unprecedented study is the authoritative account of the best-known intelligence organisation in the world. Essential reading for anyone interested in the history of espionage, the two world wars, modern British government and the conduct of international relations in the first half of the twentieth century, MI6: The History of the Secret Intelligence Service 1909-1949 is a uniquely important examination of the role and significance of intelligence in the modern world.

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The most detailed and authoritative has been revealed in history British Secret Intelligence Service—popularly known as MI6 explores the important and largely hidden role MI6 had in shaping the ... Read full review

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Very comprehensive but does not bear the same comparison as Christopher Andrew's similar work on MI5. Very exhaustative at times on the structure of the service but unfortunately for me, a little ... Read full review


Preface to Paperback edition
List of abbreviations
Early Days
The beginnings of the Service
The First World
From Budapest to Baghdad
West and East
Winning the
The tide turns
From Switzerland to Normandy
Plate Section
Victory in Europe
Asia and the end of the

Status organisation and expertise
Operations in the West
Working further afield
The Interwar Years
The emergence of
From Boche to Bolsheviks
Domestic matters
Existing on a shoestring
The Impact of War 10 Keeping afloat
The European theatre
Postwar planning
From Hot War to Cold
Adjusting to peace
Deployment and operations in Europe
A worldwide Service
leadership and performance over the first forty years
Plate Section

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About the author (2010)

Keith Jeffery is Professor of British History at Queen's University, Belfast, and a Member of the Royal Irish Academy. In 1998 he was the Lees Knowles Lecturer in Military Science at Trinity College, Cambridge, and in 2003-4, Parnell Fellow in Irish Studies at Magdalene College, Cambridge. He is the author of fourteen previous books. Keith Jeffery lives in Northern Ireland.

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