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Secret Intelligence in the European States System, 1918-1989$
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Jonathan Haslam and Karina Urbach

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804783590

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804783590.001.0001

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Barbarossa and the Bomb

Barbarossa and the Bomb

Two Cases of Soviet intelligence in World War ll

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(p.36) 2 Barbarossa and the Bomb
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Secret Intelligence in the European States System, 1918-1989
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David Holloway

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804783590.003.0003

In an unusually well-documented contribution on Russian secret intelligence, David Holloway posits reasons for Stalin’s unpreparedness in 1940-1941. This, it is fair to say, has long been an obsessive object of interest and study in Russia, because it made all the difference to the course of the war that followed from June 1941. Rather than rushing into moral judgments about the régime, Holloway instead takes a cool look at what information came in to Stalin and allows for the fact that not all the incoming intelligence data were consistent. And in respect of revelations about U.S. construction of the atomic bomb, Holloway shows that Stalin once again consciously distanced himself from the findings of the intelligence services in reaching a final judgment. Whereas in the former case, it nearly led to disaster; in respect of the latter, Stalin was undoubtedly correct.

Keywords:   Barbarossa, soviet intelligence, World War II, atomic bomb, Stalin, Red Army, Timoshenko, Zhukov, Manhattan Project

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