Under Every Leaf
Date of publication: April 2012
Publisher: Biteback Publishing
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'Anywhere in the world, where a leaf moves, underneath you will find an Englishman.' Pharsi proverb We know more about the twentieth century history of Britain's secret intelligence services than ever before, but next to nothing about their Victorian antecedents. This book fills that gap, telling the story of the Intelligence Division of the War Office from 1856 to 1909 - when MI6 was founded - and the hidden role that the Intelligence Division played in acquiring Britain's vast empire without a major European or Asian war. In examining its influence in the formation of imperial policy-making and execution, Under Every Leaf is also a rollicking good read, shedding new light on the reality behind the partition of Africa, the Great Game in Asia, brains over brawn, espionage, adventure and dedicated wholehearted commitment, sacrifice and service to the Imperial ideal.