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Description - The Norwegian Intelligence Service, 1945-1970 by Olav Riste

This work is the first history of a western intelligence service in the Cold War written by independent historians with full access to the archives of the service. The Norwegian Intelligence Service (NIS) during the Cold War is the result of a unique enterprise: for the first time a western intelligence service has opened its most secret archives from this period to two independent historians. After many more or less imaginative and often speculative books about the service we now have the real and thoroughly documented history of the build up of a network of Norwegian signals intelligence stations in the North, of border crossings by clandestine agents, of Norwegian merchant mariners' reporting from ports behind the iron curtain, of the intimate cooperation between the NIS and the secret services of the United States and other countries, as well as the establishment of a "Stay Behind" network. The book describes a service which grew from a handful of specialists in 1946 to a multifaceted organisation with a personnel of about one thousand by the end of the 1960s. The authors' assessment is that the NIS was "Norway's perhaps most significant contribution to the strength and security of the western alliance in this crucial period of postwar history.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780714644554
ISBN-10: 0714644552
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Frank Cass Publishers
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 31-Oct-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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