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EMPIRE OF SECRETS: BRITISH INTELLIGENCE, THE COLD WAR AND THE TWILIGHT OF EMPIRE

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Synopsis: EMPIRE OF SECRETS: BRITISH INTELLIGENCE, THE COLD WAR AND THE TWILIGHT OF EMPIRE

The winner of the 2013 Longman-History Today Book Prize is 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.

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ISBN 9780007457977
Weight 0.39
Publisher HARPER COLLINS PUBLISHERS UK (GBP)
Book Size (cm.) 130x197x32
Language English
Number of Pages 448

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The winner of the 2013 Longman-History Today Book Prize is 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 reveal view all

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WALTON, CALDER

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Calder Walton’s first book, Empire of Secrets. British Intelligence, the Cold War and the Twilight of Empire, was published in hardcover in the UK by HarperPress in January 2013. It was published in hardcover in the USA by the Overlook Press in November 2013. It is due to be published in paperback in the UK by William Collins at the end of January 2014.

It is the first book to reveal the largely untold activities of British intelligence in the last days of the British empire the largest empire in world history, the decline and fall of which was pivotal not only in British history, but also in the history of international relations in the Cold War.

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