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Secret service : British agents in France, 1792-1815

Author: Elizabeth Sparrow
Publisher: Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK ; Rochester, NY, USA : Boydell Press, 1999.
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"Espionage is taken for granted today as the unacceptable but unavoidable veiled activity of modern statecraft. But how and why did it all begin? Elizabeth Sparrow's 'secret history' takes as its starting point the period immediately following the French revolution: a turbulent time, both on the Continent and in Britain, as the established order came under threat of imminent social upheaval."--Jacket.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth Sparrow
ISBN: 0851157645 9780851157641
OCLC Number: 42002782
Awards: Winner of International Napoleonic Society Book Award 2000.
Description: xvi, 459 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. I. Counter-Revolution, London 1792-1794. 1. Initiation. 2. The Police and the Alien Office --
pt. II. For the King, without the King 1793-1797. 3. The Swiss Agency. 4. The Paris Agency. 5. General des Honnetes Gens. 6. The Archi Pirates. 7. The Paris Prisons. 8. Betrayal --
pt. III. Escapes and Assassinations 1797-1801. 9. Sequel. 10. Swabia and Switzerland. 11. The Scarlet Pimpernel. 12. Bonaparte. 13. Assassination of Paul I --
pt. IV. King Versus Emperor. 14. The Peace of Amiens. 15. The Grand Conspiracy --
pt. V. Europe Reorganized 1805-1815. 16. Past Times and Future Plans. 17. European Emperors. 18. A New Direction. 19. The New Europeans. 20. The King Makers.
Responsibility: Elizabeth Sparrow.
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