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Intelligence and Espionage: Secrets and Spies

1st Edition

By Daniel Lomas, Christopher John Murphy


158 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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Intelligence and Espionage: Secrets and Spies provides a global introduction to the role of intelligence – a key, but sometimes controversial, aspect of ensuring national security. Separating fact from fiction, the book draws on past examples to explore the use and misuse of intelligence, examine why failures take place and address important ethical issues over its use.

Divided into two parts, the book adopts a thematic approach to the topic, guiding the reader through the collection and analysis of information and its use by policymakers, before looking at intelligence sharing. Lomas and Murphy also explore the important associated activities of counterintelligence and the use of covert action, to influence foreign countries and individuals. Topics covered include human and signals intelligence, the Cuban Missile Crisis, intelligence and Stalin, Trump and the US intelligence community, and the Soviet Bloc. This analysis is supplemented by a comprehensive documents section, containing newly released documents, including material from Edward Snowden’s leaks of classified material.

Supported by images, a comprehensive chronology, glossary, and 'who’s who' of key figures, Intelligence and Espionage is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in the role of intelligence in policymaking, international relations and diplomacy, warfighting and politics to the present day.


'What is intelligence, and how does it relate to the image of the spy in popular culture? How does the process of gathering, analyzing, and applying it actually work? And why is the word "intelligence" so often coupled with the word "failure"? Combining incisive conceptual analysis with wide-ranging historical case studies, Intelligence and Espionage: Secrets and Spies offers a timely introduction to a relatively new and rapidly burgeoning field of contemporary scholarship.'

Bruce Thompson, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA

Table of Contents


Who’s who


Introduction What is ‘intelligence’? Theoretical approaches

Global intelligence: a brief history

Chapter 1 Gathering intelligence: spies and signals

Chapter 2 Intelligence analysis

Chapter 3 Intelligence and policy

Chapter 4 Intelligence liaison

Chapter 5 Catching spies: counterintelligence

Chapter 6 The ‘hidden hand’: covert action



About the Authors

Dr Daniel W.B. Lomas, Lecturer in International History at the University of Salford, UK, specialises in the post-1945 British intelligence community. His first book, Intelligence, Security and the Attlee Governments, 194551, was published in December 2016. He has written for History Today, BBC History Magazine and the History of Government Blog.

Dr Christopher J. Murphy is Lecturer in Intelligence Studies at the University of Salford, UK, researching the history of British intelligence in the Twentieth Century. Dr Murphy has published extensively on the history of the British Special Operations Executive (SOE) and intelligence historiography.

About the Series

Seminar Studies

Each book in the Seminar Studies series provides a concise and reliable introduction to a wide range of complex historical events and debates, covering topics in British, European, US and world history from the early modern period to the present day. Written by acknowledged experts and including supporting material such as extracts from historical documents, chronologies, glossaries, guides to key figures and further reading suggestions, Seminar Studies titles are essential reading for students of history.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
HISTORY / Modern / 21st Century