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

Author: Ernest R May
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1984.
Series: Princeton legacy library.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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. This cautionary tale, warns that intelligence agencies can do certain things very well--but other things poorly, if at all. Originally published in 1986. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Knowing one's enemies.
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1984
(DLC) 84042573
(OCoLC)10778871
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ernest R May
ISBN: 9781400856060 140085606X 9781322010328 1322010323
OCLC Number: 885019433
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 561 pages) : maps.
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.
Series Title: Princeton legacy library.
Responsibility: edited by Ernest R. May.

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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. This cautionary tale, warns that intelligence agencies can do certain things very well--but other things poorly, if at all. Originally published in 1986. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts o.

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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