Britannia and the Bear
Book Description:

Decades before the Berlin Wall went up, a Cold War was already raging. But for Bolshevik Russia, Great Britain - not America - was the enemy. Now, for the first time, Victor Madeira tells a story that has largely been hidden awayfor nearly a century. Drawing on over sixty Russian, British and French archival collections, this ground-breaking book reveals how Britain identified critical lessons early on - but failed to learn many of them. As early as1920, Cabinet ministers were told that Bolshevik intelligence wanted to infiltrate Whitehall by recruiting university students from prominent families, before they took their places in government, professional and intellectual circles. Yet despite these warnings, men like the Cambridge Five in the 1930s slipped the security net, such as it was - nearly fifteen years after the alarm was first raised. Britannia and the Bear tells the full story of Soviet espionage in Britain in these critical interwar years. By exploring the mind-sets of the time - both British and Russian - this book traces links between wartime social unrest, growing trade unionism in the police and the military, and Moscow's subsequent infiltration of Whitehall. Britannia and the Bear offers a compelling new narrative about how two Great Powers of the time did battle, both openly and in the shadows. Taking the long viewon British fears of communist subversion from 1917 on, it underscores the importance of learning about the first Cold War to understand the second. It also draws lessons for the present by illustrating the need for historical perspective in understanding the mind-sets of rival powers. VICTOR MADEIRA has a decade's experience in international security affairs, and his work has appeared in leading publications such as Intelligence and NationalSecurity and The Historical Journal. He completed his doctorate in Modern International History at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and is currently producing a history of the Vetterlein family and their contribution to British cryptology.

eISBN: 978-1-78204-246-4
Subjects: History