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Knowing one's enemies : intelligence assessment before the two world wars

Author: Ernest R May; Mazal Holocaust Collection.
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1984.
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Intelligence is a major and hitherto little addressed issue of modern diplomatic and strategic history. Knowing One?s Enemies fills a void in twentieth-century history by telling the story of intelligence agencies from the early nineteen-hundreds to World War II. In essays that illuminate not only the recent past but shortcomings in today?s intelligence assessments, sixteen experts show how prospective antagonists  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ernest R May; Mazal Holocaust Collection.
ISBN: 0691047170 9780691047171
OCLC Number: 10778871
Description: xiii, 561 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: The First World War. Cabinet, Tsar, Kaiser : three approaches to assessment / Ernest R. May --
Austria-Hungary / Norman Stone --
Imperial Germany / Holger H. Herwig --
The Russian empire / William C. Fuller, Jr. --
France and the German menace / Christopher M. Andrew --
French estimates of Germany's operational war plans / Jan Karl Tanenbaum --
The Second World War. Western Europe. Great Britain before 1914 / Paul M. Kennedy --
Italy before 1915 : the quandary of the vulnerable / John Gooch --
British intelligence and the coming of the Second World War in Europe / Donald Cameron Watt --
French military intelligence and Nazi Germany, 1938-1939 / Robert J. Young --
National Socialist Germany : the politics of information / Michael Geyer --
Fascist Italy assesses its enemies, 1935-1940 / MacGregor Knox --
The Second World War. Eastern Europe and beyond. Threat identification and strategic appraisal by the Soviet Union, 1930-1941 / John Erickson --
Japanese intelligence before the Second World War : "best case" analysis / Michael A. Barnhart --
Great Britain's assessment of Japan before the outbreak of the Pacific war / Peter Lowe --
United States views of Germany and Japan in 1941 / David Kahn --
Conclusions : capabilities and proclivities / Ernest R. May.
Responsibility: edited by Ernest R. May.

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Intelligence is a major and hitherto little addressed issue of modern diplomatic and strategic history. Knowing One?s Enemies fills a void in twentieth-century history by telling the story of intelligence agencies from the early nineteen-hundreds to World War II. In essays that illuminate not only the recent past but shortcomings in today?s intelligence assessments, sixteen experts show how prospective antagonists appraised each other prior to the World Wars. On the Military Intelligence Branch History Reading List 2012.

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