As a former chief historian of the Foreign Office, Bennett knows her way around secret archives. Although a tale of spies, conspiracy and subversion from the 1920s, The Zinoviev Letter has particular resonance in our supposedly post-truth world of today.
Secret wars are loud, visible and not especially secret. Carson explains why states “collude in the fiction of secrecy” when funding and arming rebel fighters – an important topic given the demise of secrecy in our era of smartphones and big tech.
5. Queen Victoria’s Journals by Queen Victoria
Now fully digitised, the diaries of Queen Victoria are a surprising treasure trove of monarchical meddling. She loved spy craft and secretly used her relatives across Europe to further her own interests: a real royal spymaster.
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