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The Twilight of the British Empire

British Intelligence and Counter-Subversion in the Middle East, 1948–63

Chikara Hashimoto

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Reveals Britain’s secret counter-subversive policies and security measures implemented in the post-war Middle East

This book reveals, for the first time, a hitherto unexplored dimension of Britain’s engagement with the post-war Middle East: the counter-subversive policies and measures conducted by the British Intelligence and Security Services and he Information Research Department (IRD) of the Foreign Office, Britain’s secret propaganda apparatus. Between 1948 and 1963, British policymakers used intelligence as a tool to maintain British influence in Middle Eastern countries such as Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iran.

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List of Abbreviations
1. Fighting the ‘Communist Menace’ Overseas
2. Security Training and Liaison in Anti-Communist Measures
3. The Defence of the Realm in the Middle East
4. Prerequisites of Intelligence Cooperation
5. Conflicting Interests in Anti-Communist Measures
6. The Use and Abuse of State Power and the Limits of British Influence
Conclusion. The Twilight of the British Empire in the Middle East

About the Author

Chikara Hashimoto (1975–2016) was Assistant Professor in International Relations at the University of Sharjah, UAE. He is the author of two journal articles, published in The International History Review and Intelligence and National Security. His PhD dissertation won The British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) Leigh Douglas Memorial Prize for the Best PhD Dissertation on A Middle Eastern Topic for 2014.

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