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British Government Secret Intelligence and Foreign Policy files

Explore this fascinating collection of files spanning four key twentieth century conflicts. Sourced from the National Archives U.K., this material enables rich research into intelligence, foreign policy, international relations and military history associated with:

• The Spanish Civil War  • The Second World War  • The Cold War  • The Korean War

Files date from 1873 to 1953 and include cabinet office papers, daily signals intelligence reports and the files of the Permanent Undersecretary's Department (PUSD), which allow insight into liaison between the Foreign Office and the British intelligence Establishment. These documents provide new insights into key moments of twentieth century history.

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"Secret intelligence has long been regarded as the 'missing dimension' of international relations. However, thanks to the Secret Files from World Wars to Cold War project, Britain's spies, security agents, codebreakers and deceptioneers are no longer missing in action"

 

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Other Primary Source Collections from Taylor & Francis:

WAR, STATE AND SOCIETY

Explore the social, economic, political and cultural affairs of Britain throughout the Second World War, and get a full picture of the impact of modern warfare on civilian life.

SOUTH ASIA ARCHIVE

Originally collected with the objective of preserving Indian cultural heritage, these documents span 1700-1953, and include digitized books and journals, acts and legislations, and census records.

COLD WAR EASTERN EUROPE

Gathered by the UK Foreign Office, this resource provides a uniquely comprehensive history of post-Stalinist Europe, documenting every aspect of life throughout the Cold War.

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