HI 299V: History of Espionage (Department of History, Wilfrid Laurier University, Fall 2018)
This course examined the history of modern espionage in the twentieth century. The topics covered included espionage during the World Wars and Cold War, corporate espionage, portrayal of espionage in popular culture, and agencies such as the CIA, Stasi, KGB, and Mossad. Students acquired an advanced knowledge of the history of espionage and intelligence in such countries as Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Israel, the Soviet Union/Russia, and the United States. The course also explored and examined how intelligence structures influenced domestic affairs and international relations in the modern period. We paid special attention to the emergence and growth of national security issues and the evolving concept of protectionism, including the role of state-driven espionage and counter-espionage. Additional course themes included intelligence creation, wartime intelligence structures, and the surveillance state.