Washington's Spies: How does a David defeat a Goliath? Washington was an assiduous collector of intelligence, and he knew its value as a "force multiplier" in the American Revolutionary War. Presented by Bruce Thompson, Ph.D., via live video stream with interactive Q&A. Friday, August 7, 2020, 7:00PM
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Washington's Spies: How does David defeat Goliath? How did an improvised army of amateur soldiers defeat the most powerful country in the world in a war that lasted seven years? The familiar answer is that the Americans had first-class leadership, a cause that inspired sacrifice and endurance, and absolutely crucial help from Britain's imperial rival, France. But espionage and intelligence were significant too, and only recently has the full story of Washington's spy network become known. Washington was an assiduous collector of intelligence, and he knew its value as a "force multiplier." In the spotlight: Washington's lieutenant, Alexander Hamilton, and his intelligence chief, Benjamin Tallmadge, in charge of bringing intelligence from British-controlled New York to the Continental army, with the help of the Culper Spy Ring on eastern Long Island. Presented by Bruce Thompson, Ph.D., via live video stream with interactive Q&A. Friday, August 7, 2020, 7:00PM
Bruce Thompson is a lecturer in the Departments of History and Literature and the Associate Director of Jewish Studies at U.C.-Santa Cruz. He received his Ph.D. in History from Stanford; his areas of scholarly research include European intellectual and cultural history, French history, British Isles history, American Jewish intellectual and cultural history, the history of cinema, and the history of espionage.