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Divided States: Space, Power and Occupied Territory in Post-War Europe

This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on the key concepts discussed in the previous chapters of this book The spy fiction of Graham Greene, Ian Fleming, John le Carre, and Len Deighton published between 1945 and 1979 is, like the contextual era of imperial decline that influenced its production, illustrative of various discontinuities, disjunctions and paradoxes related to space, sovereignty and national identity in post-war Britain. Spy fiction, and indeed popular fiction more generally, has long been recognised as a cultural space in which to dramatize national concerns during periods of great social and political change; however, the importance of space itself within the post-war spy narrative and wider genre has, until this point, remained largely neglected in academic approaches to the form. Critical discussions in recent decades have established that contrary to the general perception of the genre, spy fiction was not simply a vehicle for post-war jingoism or strident anti-Communism.