British Spy Operations, 20th–21st Centuries

HST 1075 3 Quarter Hours
Course Level Undergraduate
Description Surveys the activities of the British Intelligence Services from before the outbreak of WWII until the present day. Examines the success and failures of all forms of British intelligence, including code breaking during WWII, Soviet penetration of British government organizations, and current activities of the intelligence services such as operations in Northern Ireland. Explores Soviet recruitment of agents in Cambridge and alleged political “destabilizing” activities as highlighted in the recently banned British book, Spycatcher, by former agent Peter Wright. Field trips include Churchill’s cabinet war rooms in London.


Students should refer to the CPS Prerequisite Table for course prerequisite and corequisite information.


Course Sections

There are no current sections scheduled for this course. Undergraduate course numbers changed beginning with the Fall 2016 term. Please make sure you are using the current course number.
Next Term Starts
  • Summer Graduate
    Jul 10, 2017 (4-, 6-, and 8-week classes)
    Aug 7, 2017 (4-week classes)
  • Fall Undergraduate
    Sep 4, 2017 (7.5- and 15-week classes)
    Oct 25, 2017 (7.5-week classes)
  • Fall Graduate
    Sep 18, 2017 (6- and 12-week classes)
    Oct 30, 2017 (6-week classes)

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