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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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Introduction

Introduction

The Role of Secret intelligence in the international Relations of Europe in the Twentieth Century

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(p.1) Introduction
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Secret Intelligence in the European States System, 1918-1989
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Jonathan Haslam

Karina Urbach

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804783590.003.0001

The introduction describes the main thrust of the essays included in the collection and the project of the book taken as a whole. An overview of the development of European states system in the twentieth century is sketched out as the editors describe the focuses of subsequent essays and highlight concurrences between authors. One recurring theme, which the editors here mention, is the damaging impact of high politics on the processes of gathering and analyzing secret intelligence. All of the chapters highlight the critical importance of prevailing circumstances in which intelligence operates including technology; the form of government and subsequently, the nature of decision-making; ideological and cultural pressures on the collation of analysis of information; financial limitations; and the deadweight of tradition. A thorough understanding of these myriad factors requires interdisciplinary expertise, the editors argue, thus the varied backgrounds and disciplines of the authors included in the collection.

Keywords:   Europe, secret intelligence, twentieth century, Ernest May, comint, humint, sigint, cryptoanalysis

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