Red List: MI5 and British Intellectuals in the Twentieth Century. David Caute. Review.


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Red List: MI5 and British Intellectuals in the Twentieth Century. David Caute. Review.

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“For MI5, the October Revolution of 1917 marked the temporary triumph of the plebian rabble against legitimate authority.”

Red List. MI5 and British Intellectuals in the Twentieth Century David Caute.

The “suspicion of a socialist insurrection, at any time, was the core of MI5’s values for seventy years”. In the latest of a long list of highly regarded books David Caute explores the Security Services “covert pursuit men and women arbitrarily designated as ‘subversives’, as threats to national security – but who were no such thing." With the help of official documents released to the National Archives Red List looks at efforts to keep the country safe from writers, academics, artists, actors, film-makers, musicians, scientists, and lawyers who were members, or within the concentric circles, of the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB).




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