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Tom Stoppard’s The Dog It Was That Died
Jonathan Bolton

the theatrical potential of the Cambridge spies, and for the most part they sympathized with the plight of the traitors and sought to convey an understanding of the personal and historical circumstances behind their motives for committing treason. Tom Stoppard, however, was more interested in the curious protocols of Cold War espionage itself and the intelligence agencies that plan and oversee these covert operations. His radio play, The Dog It Was That Died (1982), later made into a television film for Channel Four in 1989, was the first of his works to be

in The Blunt Affair
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Spies, conspiracies and the secret state in British television drama
Author: Joseph Oldham

This book explores the history of the spy and conspiracy genres on British television, from 1960s Cold War series through 1980s conspiracy dramas to contemporary 'war on terror' thrillers. It analyses classic dramas including Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Edge of Darkness, A Very British Coup and Spooks. The analysis is framed by the notion that the on-screen depiction of intelligence services in such programmes can be interpreted as providing metaphors for broadcasting institutions. Initially, the book is primarily focused on espionage-themed programmes produced by regional franchise-holders for ITV in late 1960s and 1970s. Subsequently, it considers spy series to explore how many standard generic conventions were innovated and popularised. The relatively economical productions such as Bird of Prey demonstrated a more sophisticated treatment of genre conventions, articulated through narratives showing the collapse of standard procedure. Channel 4 was Britain's third and final broadcaster to be enshrined with a public service remit. As the most iconic version of the television spy drama in the 1960s, the ITC adventure series, along with ABC's The Avengers, fully embraced the formulaic and Fordist tendencies of episodic series in the US network era. However, Callan, a more modestly resourced series aimed more towards a domestic audience, incorporated elements of deeper psychological drama, class tension and influence from the existential spy thrillers. The book is an invaluable resource for television scholars interested in a new perspective on the history of television drama and intelligence scholars seeking an analysis of the popular representation of espionage.

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Keeping watch on the Communists
Charmian Brinson and Richard Dove

Canada. MI5 had in fact tried to keep Koenen under lock and key but had been frustrated by the more liberal views of the Internment Tribunal. Above all, MI5 had continued to log the activities of Jürgen Kuczynski, whom it suspected of espionage. When Claud Sykes (by then an MI5 officer) had visited internment camps in December 1940, his main purpose had been to establish a functioning intelligence network inside each camp and to recruit informants who would supply information after their release. Reporting from Huyton Camp, Sykes detailed an interview with the trade

in A matter of intelligence
Rethinking public politics in the English Revolution
Editors: Peter Lake and Jason Peacey

These interdisciplinary essays explore new directions in the history of the English Revolution. They are designed to honour Ann Hughes, whose work has transformed scholarship on the mid-seventeenth century, and they are driven by the idea that historians have focused more upon the causes of the revolution than upon its course and consequences. In developing various strands of Hughes’ work, contributors address the transformative effects of political and religious upheaval during the 1640s and 1650s, and revise our understanding of ‘public politics’, in terms of the practices, debates, and communicative strategies associated with the ‘print revolution’, with polemic, and with the mobilisation of opinion. Crucially, these practices and debates are shown to have taken place in the public domain, in front of, but also with the involvement of, various overlapping and intersecting publics, right across the country. Examining these phenomena provides fresh perspectives on political and religious radicalism, from canonical authors to sectarian activists, as well as on relations between ‘centre’ and ‘locality’, and on connections between ideological endeavour and everyday politics. In bridging the divide between ‘elite’ and ‘popular’ politics, moreover, the essays also develop new approaches to participation, by soldiers and members of the parliamentarian army, by ordinary Londoners, and by provincial parishioners. Critically, they also analyse the involvement, agency, and treatment of women, from all walks of life, and in both activism and debate. Collectively, the essays rethink both the dynamic and the consequences of the revolutionary decades.

MI5 and the surveillance of anti-Nazi refugees, 1933–50

A Matter of Intelligence is a book about the British Security Service MI5. More specifically, it concerns one particular aspect of its work, the surveillance of anti-Nazi German refugees during the 1930s and 1940s. When Hitler took power in 1933, the Nazis began a reign of terror against their political opponents: communists, socialists, pacifists and liberals, many of whom were forced to flee Germany. Some of these ‘political’ refugees came to Britain, where MI5 kept them under close surveillance. This study is based on the personal and organisational files that MI5 kept on them during the 1930s and 1940s – or at least those that have been released to the National Archives – making it equally a study of the political refugees themselves. Although this surveillance exercise formed an important part of MI5's work during that period, it is a part which it seems to have disowned or at any rate forgotten: the recent official history of MI5 does not even mention it, nor do its ‘unofficial’ counterparts. This study therefore fills a considerable gap in historical research. It traces the development of MI5 surveillance of German-speaking refugees through the case files of some of its individual targets and of the main refugee organisations; it also considers the refugees’ British supporters and the refugee informants who spied on fellow-refugees, as well as MI5's tussles with the Home Office and other official bodies. Finally, it assesses how successful – or how useful – this hidden surveillance exercise actually was.

Recognition, espionage, camouflage
Elizabeth A. Povinelli

5302P Democracy MUP-PT/lb.qxd 23/10/09 16:08 Page 110 5 The brackets of recognition: recognition, espionage, camouflage Elizabeth A. Povinelli In Time and the other, Johannes Fabian characterized the relation between anthropology and its object as a ‘political cosmology’, at the centre of which lay a constitutive contradiction. On the one hand, ‘anthropology has its empirical foundation in ethnographic research, inquiries which even hard-nosed practitioners carry out as communicative interactions’, and, on the other hand, ‘when these same ethnographers

in Democracy in crisis
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Jérôme aan de Wiel

full well that all the Socialist experts in Eastern Europe could not develop computing systems as quickly as the West.2 Having said this, there was some industrial espionage as the episodes r­ egarding Pigeon House’s pumps and turbines (1969), the Irish steel market and industry (1970, 1972 and 1976) and the Irish telephone network (1975 and 1983) show. But the Stasi obtained this ­information from outside Ireland. • Was Ireland interesting from a geo-strategic point of view? This question remains difficult to answer.3 Research in the archives of the former East

in East German intelligence and Ireland, 1949–90
Charmian Brinson and Richard Dove

, Sir John Gilmour, to grant an intercept warrant on Mosley’s mail in 1934. In fact, the Home Office consistently refused to authorise an HOW on Mosley, even after the news that the BUF leader had married Diana Mitford in a supposedly secret ceremony, attended by Adolf Hitler, at the house of the Nazi Propaganda Minister Josef Goebbels in July 1936.10 The long arm of the ‘Auslandsorganisation’ Despite (or perhaps because of) its initial ‘liaison’ with the Nazi authorities, MI5 was alert to the threat of German espionage in Britain, represented particularly by the

in A matter of intelligence
Keeping watch on the Communists 1933–39
Charmian Brinson and Richard Dove

espionage activity, Deutsch registered to study psychology at London University, finding a home in the newly built Lawn Road Flats. Many of Deutsch’s neighbours there were refugees, some of whom also had links to Soviet intelligence. However, Deutsch’s recruitment policy, approved by the Centre (Soviet intelligence headquarters), was to seek to cultivate high fliers from Oxford and Cambridge with Communist sympathies, before they entered the upper echelons of the government and civil service.7 Deutsch was later identified as the main recruiter of the ‘Cambridge Five’ (Kim

in A matter of intelligence
James E. Connolly

this.2 Instead, it comprised helping escaped Allied prisoners of war, engaging in espionage, escape and correspondence networks, and creating clandestine publications whose organisation and morale-​ boosting effects represent a crossover between symbolic and active resistance. I also consider explicit refusals to work for the Germans as a more active subsection of resistance; perhaps a controversial categorisation but one justified by the severity of the punishment inflicted for such refusals and the clear moral-​patriotic choice involved. Many of the acts studied

in The experience of occupation in the Nord, 1914– 18