United Kingdom

Russia & Central Asia

Bailey, F.M. [Col.] Mission to Tashkent. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992. 2002. [pb] London: Trubner, 2003.

Wyatt, I&NS 8.2, says this book was "impossible to put down." It concerns "Bailey's activities in Russian Central Asia" in the period immediately after Russia had dropped out of World War I. The Foreign Office withheld the book from publication until 1946. This reprint is "fascinating and informative."

Crossland, John. "British Spies in Plot to Save Tsar." Sunday Times (London), 15 Oct. 2006. []

The newly discovered "diary of Captain Stephen Alley, second in command of the British intelligence mission in Petrograd[,]... shows he positioned four undercover agents ready to extract ... the deposed Tsar Nicholas II and the Russian imperial family" from the house in Ekaterinburg where they were being held. Nicholas' wife, Alexandra, was Queen Victoria's granddaughter. The diary was found accidentally by Alley's "descendants in a trunk of his papers and will be featured in Queen Victoria’s Grandchildren, a documentary to be shown ... in December."

Hill, George A. Go Spy the Land: Being the Adventures of I.K. 8 of the British Secret Service. London: Cassell, 1932.

Hopkirk, Peter. On Secret Service East of Constantinople: The Great Game and the Great War. Grantham, UK: Grantham Book Services, 1992. Like Hidden Fire: The Plot to Bring Down the British Empire. New York: Kodanska/Globe, 1994.

Jeffreys-Jones, Rhodri. "W. Somerset Maugham: Anglo-American Agent in Revolutionary Russia." American Quarterly 28, no. 1 (1976): 90-196.

Milton, Giles. Russian Roulette: A Deadly Game; How British Spies Thwarted Lenin's Global Plot. London: Bloomsbury, 2014.

According to Seeger, Studies 58.4 (Dec. 2014), the author "provides an entertaining and well-researched introduction to the 'Great Game' between Great Britain and the Soviet Union during the last years of WW I and the early years of the Bolshevik Revolution.... Russian Roulette has excellent endnotes and a very detailed bibliography." Peake, Studies 58.4 (Dec. 2014): "Aside from entertaining readers with exciting, well-told spy stories, Russian Roulette documents the coming of age of the fledgling British secret service. The government had found its product absolutely essential and thus its future was secure."

Neilson, Keith. "'Joy Rides'? British Intelligence and Propaganda in Russia, 1914-1917." Historical Journal 24 (1981): 885-906.

Occleshaw, Michael. Dances in Deep Shadow: Britain's Clandestine War in Russia. London: Constable & Robinson, 2006.

According to Peake, Studies 51.1 (Mar. 2007), the author "suggests that the role of allied intelligence services, particularly Britain's," in the intervention in Russia at the end of World War I "was far greater than heretofore acknowledged."

Plotke, A.J. Imperial Spies Invade Russia: The British Intelligence Interventions, 1918. Westport, CT, and London: Greenwood, 1993.

Siegel, Jennifer. "British Intelligence on the Russian Revolution and Civil War--A Breach at the Source." Intelligence and National Security 10, no. 3 (Jul. 1995): 468-485.

Teague-Jones, Reginald. Intro. and epilogue, Peter Hopkirk. The Spy Who Disappeared: Diary of a Secret Mission to Russian Central Asia in 1918. London: Gollancz, 1990. [pb] 1991.

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