Empires of Intelligence: Security Services and Colonial Disorder After 1914 (Google eBook)

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University of California Press, Sep 9, 2007 - 446 pages
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How did Great Britain and France, the largest imperial powers of the early twentieth century, cope with mounting anticolonial nationalism in the Arab world? What linked domestic opponents and foreign challengers in the Middle East and North Africa Syria, Palestine, Transjordan, Iraq, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and Egypt as inhabitants attempted to overthrow the European colonial order? What strategies did the British and French adopt in the face of these threats? "Empires of Intelligence, "the first study of colonial intelligence services to use recently declassified reports, argues that colonial control in the British and French empires depended on an elaborate security apparatus. Martin Thomas shows for the first time the crucial role of intelligence gathering in maintaining imperial control in the years before decolonization.
  

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Reading this book a second time made me appreciate Thomas's take on viewing history through the lens of intelligence services. Gives diplomatic history, normally a dreary and stuffy affair, a revitalization. Read full review

Contents

THE DEVELOPMENT OF INTELLIGENCE SERVICES AND SECURITY POLICING IN NORTH AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST
14
PAST PRECEDENTS AND COLONIAL RULE
45
CONSTRUCTING THE ENEMY Intelligence Islam and Communism
73
INTELLIGENCE AND REVOLT I British Security Services and Communal Unrest in Egypt Iraq and Sudan
107
INTELLIGENCE AND REVOLT II French Security Services and Communal Unrest in Morocco and Syria
145
POLICING THE DESERT FRONTIER Intelligence Environment and Bedouin Communities
173
INTELLIGENCE AND URBAN OPPOSITION IN FRENCH TERRITORIES
201
DISORDER IN THE PALESTINE MANDATE Intelligence and the Descent to War in the British Middle East
226
DOMESTIC POLITICS INTERNATIONAL THREATS AND COLONIAL SECURITY IN FRENCH TERRITORIES 19361939
261
Intelligence Security and the Colonial State
293
GLOSSARY
305
NOTES
309
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
397
INDEX
419
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Martin Charles Thomas is Professor of Colonial History in the Department of History at the University of Exeter. He is a director of the University's Centre for the Study of War, State and Society, an interdisciplinary research centre that supports research into the impact of armed conflict and collective violence on societies and communities.

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