'Spy Fever' in Britain, 1900 to 1914

Historian article

By James Hampshire, published 1st December 2001

The decade and a half prior to the First World War saw Britain experience a virulent, some might say sordid phenomenon that has been referred to as ‘spy fever.’ This article traces the roots of spy fever, and examines its nature, before assessing its effects on Britain between 1900 and the outbreak of war in 1914.

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