Diplomats, Officers and the Gentlemanly Form of Spying:
: The Re-organisation of Economic Intelligence at the end of World War II

  • Michael Seibold

Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Economic and Social Studies


This paper retraces and analyses the development of British economic intelligence at the end of World War II. It will be argued that the re-organisation of the economic intelligence apparatus taking place in 1944 and 1945 has to be seen in the context of the “Cold War in Whitehall”, the debate between the Foreign Office and the Chiefs of Staff concerning the post-war international order and the future role and behaviour of the Soviet Union. The paper argues that the diplomats were able to gain control of the economic intelligence apparatus and used it to support them in the assumptions debate.
Date of Award2008
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Aberystwyth University
SupervisorPeter Darron Jackson (Supervisor)

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