Empire of Secrets: British Intelligence, the Cold War and the Twilight of Empire, Calder Walton
(Harper Press, 2013)
ISBN: 978-0007457960, 411pp., £25
The process of historical inquiry is a never-ending one. It is not enough merely to record the outcome of a momentous happening such as that of a revolution, or a great battle or the disintegration of an empire. What remains of paramount importance is the need to develop a greater level of understanding of the underlying forces which facilitated such occurrence.
The availability of previously unavailable caches of credible information may serve to afford a fresh perspective; it can offer opportunities for more detailed analysis and ultimately can provide the basis for re-thinking the understanding of such epochal events.
Calder Walton’s Empire of Secrets: British Intelligence, the Cold War and the Twilight of Empire evidently has such ambitions.
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