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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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British Intelligence During the Cold War

British Intelligence During the Cold War

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(p.149) 5 British Intelligence During the Cold War
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Secret Intelligence in the European States System, 1918-1989
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Richard J. Aldrich

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804783590.003.0006

Richard Aldrich highlights how secret intelligence operates out of neither a social nor an economic vacuum. All too often, purist approaches to the subject modeled on postwar American behavior ignore that fundamental truth, he asserts. Aldrich artfully sheds light on a back door into intelligence by asking about money: “cuts and economies can illuminate what intelligence was provided and at what cost,” he writes. This approach allows him to survey the Anglo-American relationship from the vantage point of Britain’s diminishing resources in the face of the need to come up with a steady flow of results to sustain a crucial strategic alliance.

Keywords:   Britain, secret intelligence, Cold War, NPT, NORTHAG, espionage

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