Britannia and the Bear
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339 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

12 b/w. 1 line. Illustrations

Series: History of British Intelligence

Imprint: Boydell Press

Britannia and the Bear

The Anglo-Russian Intelligence Wars, 1917-1929

by Victor Madeira

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A compelling new narrative about how two Great Powers of the early twentieth century did battle, both openly and in the shadows
Decades before the Berlin Wall went up, a Cold War had already begun raging. But for Bolshevik Russia, Great Britain - not America - was the enemy. Now, for the first time, Victor Madeira tells a story that has been hidden away for nearly a century. Drawing on over sixty Russian, British and French archival collections, Britannia and the Bear offers a compelling new narrative about how two great powers of the time did battle, both openly and in theshadows.
By exploring British and Russian mind-sets of the time this book traces the links between wartime social unrest, growing trade unionism in the police and the military, and Moscow's subsequent infiltration of Whitehall. As early as 1920, Cabinet ministers were told that Bolshevik intelligence wanted to recruit university students from prominent families destined for government, professional and intellectual circles. Yet despite these early warnings, men such as the Cambridge Five slipped the security net fifteen years after the alarm was first raised.
Britannia and the Bear tells the story of Russian espionage in Britain in these critical interwar years and reveals how British Government identified crucial lessons but failed to learn many of them. The book underscores the importance of the first Cold War in understanding the second, as well as the need for historical perspective ininterpreting the mind-sets of rival powers.

Victor Madeira has a decade's experience in international security affairs, and his work has appeared in leading publications such as Intelligence and National Securityand The Historical Journal. He completed his doctorate in Modern International History at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.
Foreword -
Introduction
The Committee
The Mutinies
The Agreement
The Fall
The Letter
The Strike
The Raids
Conclusion
Appendix I: Biographies
Bibliography
"[A] fascinating and valuable account." AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW
"A fascinating and wonderfully researched book." REVOLUTIONARY RUSSIA
"Madeira's study is an outstanding example of what can be achieved by piecing together intelligence and diplomatic history, offering at last the 'missing dimension' to shed light on many political controversies." JOURNAL OF BRITISH STUDIES
"[A]n impressively researched and insightful history that highlights the centrality of the geopolitical rivalry between Britain and Russia -- or, perhaps more accurately, the Soviet Union -- and the importance of understanding the intelligence wars of the early twentieth century." H-NET Reviews
"Excellent . . . a pioneering work [that] should also appeal to anyone interested in modern politics, international relations and, as strange as it may sound, in Russia's present-day secret intelligence operations in Britain." THE SPECTATOR
"Intelligence historians have been so bedazzled by the Cambridge Five that we have neglected who and what came before. Victor Madeira's fascinating study takes us into the first great skirmishes of the long intelligence war between the UK and the Soviet Union, and he does not shrink from applying lessons to today's version of the duel." PETER HENNESSY, Attlee Professor of Contemporary British History, Queen Mary, University of London.
"Exciting and essential reading -- not only for intelligence specialists -- but for everyone interested in the secret battle between the British and Soviet 'superpowers' during the interwar period." RICHARD J. ALDRICH, Professor of International Security, University of Warwick
"An impressive and sharply perceptive account of a key period in British and Soviet intelligence history." GILL BENNETT, OBE, MA, Chief Historian, Foreign & Commonwealth Office (1995-2005)
"This is history at its best -- objective, penetrating analysis extremely well written, covering an important but neglected issue, and with lessons amazingly relevant to today." CHRIS DONNELLY, CMG, TD, Director, The Institute for Statecraft

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Title Details

339 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

12 b/w. 1 line. Illustrations

Series: History of British Intelligence

Imprint: Boydell Press