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British Strategy and Intelligence in the Suez Crisis


About this book


This book traces the activities of the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS/MI6) and the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) during the Suez Crisis, one of the most infamous episodes of British foreign policy. In doing so it identifies broader lessons not only about the events of 1956, but about the place of intelligence in strategy itself. It provides both an exploration of the relationship between intelligence and strategy at the conceptual level, and also a historical account, and strategic analysis of, the performance of the Joint Intelligence Committee and the Secret Intelligence Service during this time. Focusing on the period immediately before, during, and after the crisis, Danny Steed brings together a complete picture of intelligence story in Britain that has so far eluded comprehensive treatment in the Suez historiography. Through extensive consultation of declassified archival sources, a re-examination of often referred to sources, and the employment of oral history, this study identifies the most significant lessons about the use of intelligence revealed by the Suez Crisis.


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Authors and affiliations

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About the authors

Danny Steed, formerly Lecturer in Strategy and Defence at the University of Exeter, UK, now works for the Cabinet Office in CERT-UK specialising in cyber security.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title British Strategy and Intelligence in the Suez Crisis
  • Authors Danny Steed
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-31452-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-81044-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-31453-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 211
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Modern History
    History of the Middle East
    History of Military
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