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The Case of Sherlock HolmesSecrets and Lies in Conan Doyle's Detective Fiction$
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Andrew Glazzard

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474431293

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474431293.001.0001

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That Secret History of a Nation

That Secret History of a Nation

(p.195) Chapter 18 That Secret History of a Nation
The Case of Sherlock Holmes

Andrew Glazzard

Edinburgh University Press

‘The Bruce-Partington Plans’, in which the design of a new and devastating type of submarine is stolen from Woolwich Arsenal and sold to a foreign spy, came at an ominous moment in British history. When it was first published in the December 1908 issue of the Strand Magazine, the war that would consume Conan Doyle’s attention – and several members of his family – was still more than five years away. But Germany had already become Britain’s principal geopolitical adversary: Britain entered strategic ententes with France (1904) and Russia (1907), alliances which would endure into – and help precipitate – the First World War; a naval arms race, centred on Dreadnought-class battleships but including the new, disruptive technologies of submarines and torpedoes, was in full swing; and Germany was widely believed to be conducting espionage in Britain on an unprecedented scale.

Keywords:   Spies, Britian, Espionage, Secrets, Secret histories, Mycroft

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