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Turf Wars and Tension

Rory Cormac

in Confronting the Colonies

Published in print March 2014 | ISBN: 9780199354436
Published online May 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780199388257 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199354436.003.0003
Turf Wars and Tension

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This chapter illustrates the near-continuous insurgencies that forced the British government to recognise the importance of imperial security. Responses became increasingly centralised, thereby affording a greater role to actors such as MI5 and the Joint Intelligence Committee. Although the violence in Malaya had been brought under control by the middle of the decade, it had been superseded by the Mau Mau rebellion in Kenya. Correspondingly, the JIC in London increasingly acknowledged the growing importance of non-defence intelligence, irregular threats, and popular discontent regarding British security. Challenging orthodox conceptualisations of a ‘threat’, the committee urged greater coordination with the Colonial Office in order to ensure that colonial intelligence and security were no longer neglected.

Keywords: British government; imperial security; MI5; Joint Intelligence Committee; Malaya; Mau Mau rebellion; Kenya

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