No cloaks, no daggers: the historiography of British Military Intelligence

Jim Beach, Christopher R Moran (Editor), Christopher J Murphy (Editor)

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    How academics, novelists, conspiracy theorists and former spies write about intelligence. Secrecy has never stopped people from writing about intelligence. From memoirs and academic texts to conspiracy-laden exposes and spy novels, writing on intelligence abounds despite the intelligence services' reluctance to open their activities up to public scrutiny. Now, this new account uncovers intelligence historiography's hugely important role in shaping popular understandings of intelligence. In this, the 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. It explores topics such as CIA historiography, MI5/MI6 historiography, the literature of eavesdropping and the importance of film in constructing proto-or counter-histories of intelligence. It offers original insights into intelligence through an engagement with its past formulation and emerging patterns.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationIntelligence Studies in Britain and the US: Historiography Since 1945
    Place of PublicationEdinburgh
    PublisherEdinburgh University Press
    Pages202-221
    Number of pages336
    ISBN (Print)9780748646272
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013

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    Beach, J., Moran, C. R. (Ed.), & Murphy, C. J. (Ed.) (2013). No cloaks, no daggers: the historiography of British Military Intelligence. In Intelligence Studies in Britain and the US: Historiography Since 1945 (pp. 202-221). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
    Beach, Jim ; Moran, Christopher R (Editor) ; Murphy, Christopher J (Editor). / No cloaks, no daggers: the historiography of British Military Intelligence. Intelligence Studies in Britain and the US: Historiography Since 1945. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, 2013. pp. 202-221
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    Intelligence Studies in Britain and the US: Historiography Since 1945. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, 2013. p. 202-221.

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    Beach J, Moran CR, (ed.), Murphy CJ, (ed.). No cloaks, no daggers: the historiography of British Military Intelligence. In Intelligence Studies in Britain and the US: Historiography Since 1945. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 2013. p. 202-221