Information and War: The Intelligence Branch and Library of Britain's War Office, 1873-1914

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  • Alistair Black

Intelligence has always been an aspect of organized warfare. It was not until the 1870s, however, that the British Army effectively recognised this formally by establishing a dedicated division named the "Intelligence Branch," to be supported by libraries spread across a number of locations. The project explores the ways in which these services developed before the First World War and, specifically, what information and library management techniques they employed?

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