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The Baghdad Set

Iraq through the Eyes of British Intelligence, 1941–45

Authors: O'Sullivan, Adrian

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  • Explores the intelligence and counterintelligence activities of both the Allied and Axis powers in Iraq during the Second World War
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  • Examines the individuals who undertook secret roles, including the author Dame Freya Stark, and the human element of intelligence work
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  • Analyses the covert operations in Iraq in the wider context of regional wartime events
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This book provides the first ever intelligence history of Iraq from 1941 to 1945, and is the third and final volume of a trilogy on regional intelligence and counterintelligence operations that includes Nazi Secret Warfare in Occupied Persia (Iran) (2014), and Espionage and Counterintelligence in Occupied Persia (Iran) (2015). This account of covert operations in Iraq during the Second World War is based on archival documents, diaries, and memoirs, interspersed with descriptions of all kinds of clandestine activity, and contextualized with analysis showing the significance of what happened regionally in terms of the greater war. After outlining the circumstances of the rise and fall of the fascist Gaylani regime, Adrian O’Sullivan examines the activities of the Allied secret services (CICI, SOE, SIS, and OSS) in Iraq, and the Axis initiatives planned or mounted against them. O'Sullivan emphasizes the social nature of human intelligence work and introduces the reader to a number of interesting, talented personalities who performed secret roles in Iraq, including the distinguished author Dame Freya Stark.


About the authors

Adrian O'Sullivan, a former intelligence linguist, has lived and worked in the UK, Europe, North America, and the Middle East. He completed his doctorate in intelligence history at the University of South Africa and is an Emeritus Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He now lives and writes in semi-retirement on the west coast of Canada. 

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“O’Sullivan has found a completely underexplored but important field and made it entirely his own. With a strong cast and exciting narrative, The Baghdad Set bears all the hallmarks of his well-crafted prose and exhaustive research, with a wonderful awareness of the secondary literature and an unrivalled mastery of the primary material.” (Ashley Jackson, Professor of Imperial and Military History, King’s College London, UK) 

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

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eBook $59.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-15183-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-15182-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Baghdad Set
Book Subtitle
Iraq through the Eyes of British Intelligence, 1941–45
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-15183-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-15183-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-15182-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXVI, 326
Number of Illustrations
32 b/w illustrations
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