Spies at War: Fact vs. Fiction
World War II was a critical challenge for the intelligence services of the major powers, laying the groundwork for espionage during the Cold War and beyond. Explore the vital role of intelligence in the conflict itself and as a proving ground for the future. Discuss the intelligence operations of the major allied powers - Great Britain, The United States, and the Soviet Union - with an emphasis on espionage, analysis, propaganda and sabotage. While Great Britain and the Soviet Union possessed established and professional intelligence organizations from the outset of the war, the US started largely from scratch. Learn about the creation of the Office of Strategic Services, the forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency, and how the US developed its vital intelligence capabilities in the crucible of world war.
Taught by a veteran intelligence professional, the course will blend analysis of non-fictional sources with a critical reading of selected works of fiction in a series of eight facilitated discussions.
You'll Walk Away with
- Critical insights into the intelligence operations of the major allied powers
- A deep dive into how the US developed its intelligence capabilities after WWII
- Students who are interested in espionage
- Lifelong learners who are interested in the creation and history of the CIA