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Spies in the Empire

Spies in the Empire

Stephen Wade


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There have been a great many books written on military intelligence and the secret services rooted in the twentieth century; however there is very little covering the activities of the men involved in the establishment of this fascinating institution. Its origins lie in the British Army: from the beginnings in the Topographical Department to the Boer War, when various factors made the foundation work of the eventual MI5 (founded in 1909) possible. Incredibly, there were two vast armies in the 1840s, both serving the state and Queen, yet no formally organized military intelligence bureau. Such ignorance of the enemy brought about many botched and bloody encounters, such as the notorious ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’. The thrilling story of the various intelligence sources for the armed forces throughout the Victorian period is one of individuals, adventurers and small, ad hoc bodies set up by commanders when the need arose.

Stephen Wade’s enthralling book reveals the unsteady foundations of one of the country’s most prominent and renowned organizations, tracing the various elements that gradually composed the intelligence and political branches of Britain’s Secret Service.

Stephen Wade has written and/or edited thirty books. He specialises in true crime and history of crime but has also written on social and literary history.

'Stephen Wade has provided a popular, readable account of the emergence of military intelligence in Britain in the nineteenth century.' —John Reed, Professor of English, Wayne State University

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
Cover Cover 1
Front Matter i
Half-title i
Other Titles of Interest ii
Title page iii
Copyright information iv
Table of contents v
Notes on Illustrations vii
Acknowledgements ix
Preface xi
Chapters (Intro to Epi) 1
1 Introduction 1
2 The Beginnings: Enlightenment Information 17
3 Heroes of the Great Game: The Russia/ India Axis 29
4 The Crimea and the Mutiny 61
5 The Intelligence Branch and Professionalism 85
6 The Zulu Wars and Egypt 105
7 Spies, Informers and the Fenians 125
8 Adventurers and Advances 145
9 Kitchener and Baden-Powell 161
10 The Boer War: Sir John Ardagh and Others 183
11 The Foundations of MI5 203
12 Spy Mania 223
13 Epilogue 243
End Matter 249
Chronology of Main Events: From the Great Game to MI5 249
Bibliography and Sources 253
Note 253
1. MSS sources 254
2. Contemporary sources 254
Books 254
3. Secindary Sources 255
Books 255
Periodicals 259
Non-Book Materials 260
Index 261