Britannia and the Bear: The Anglo-Russian Intelligence Wars, by Victor Madeira

By Victor Madeira

a long time earlier than the Berlin Wall went up, a chilly warfare had already all started raging. yet for Bolshevik Russia, nice Britain - no longer the US - was once the enemy. Now, for the 1st time, Victor Madeira tells a narrative that has been hidden away for almost a century. Drawing on over sixty Russian, British and French archival collections, Britannia and the Bear bargains a compelling new narrative approximately how twogreat powers of the time did conflict, either overtly and within the shadows.
by means of exploring British and Russian mind-sets of the time this ebook lines the hyperlinks among wartime social unrest, turning out to be tradeunionism within the police and the army, and Moscow's next infiltration of Whitehall. As early as 1920, cupboard ministers have been informed that Bolshevik intelligence desired to recruit collage scholars from admired households destined for presidency, specialist and highbrow circles. but regardless of those early warnings, males corresponding to the Cambridge 5 slipped the safety web fifteen years after the alarm used to be first raised.
Britannia and the Bear tells the tale of Russian espionage in Britain in those serious interwar years and divulges how British govt pointed out the most important classes yet did not study a lot of them. The booklet underscores the significance of the 1st chilly struggle in knowing the second one, in addition to the necessity for historic point of view in reading the mind-sets of rival powers.

Victor Madeira has a decade's adventure in overseas safety affairs, and his paintings has seemed in prime courses akin to Intelligence and nationwide Security and The ancient Journal. He accomplished his doctorate in glossy foreign heritage at Gonville and Caius collage, Cambridge.

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