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Spying on Science: Western Intelligence in Divided Germany 1945-1961

Paul Maddrell


The years 1945-61 saw the greatest transformation in weaponry that has ever taken place, as atomic and thermonuclear bombs, intercontinental ballistic missiles and chemical and biological weapons were developed by the superpowers. It was also a distinct era in Western intelligence collection. These were the years of the Germans. Mass interrogation in West Germany and spying in East Germany represented the most important source of intelligence on Soviet war-related science, weapons development and military capability until 1956 and a key one until 1961. This intelligence fuelled the arms race a ... More

Keywords: weaponry transformation, Western intelligence collection, mass interrogation, spying, Soviet threat, scientific intelligence-gathering, subversive operations, scientific defection, Ministry of State Security, US containment policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199267507
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267507.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Maddrell, author
Lecturer in International Politics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth