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HIST 5450 Senior Colloquium: Spy Books: Primary Source Readings in U.S. Intelligence History (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

The case of former CIA employee and NSA contractor Edward Snowden has brought the problems of government secrecy and mass surveillance to the forefront of public discourse. This course examines these problems from an historical viewpoint and explores the intersections of surveillance and civil liberties. The methodology includes reading books and monographs written by spies, alleged spies, and intelligence defectors. The books will be works which shifted the contemporaneous conversation about the limits of government surveillance. These works include the speeches of Tyler Gatewood Kent, Herbert O. Yardley’s The Black Chamber, Kim Philby’s My Secret War, The Death House Letters of Ethel & Julius Rosenberg, and Philip Agee’s Inside the Company. The books will provide fulcra toward a better understanding of a survey of modern U.S. intelligence history since World War I.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Charles Gallagher

Prerequisites: Senior History Major Standing

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Last Updated: 22-Jun-15