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The Culture of Secrecy: Britain 1832-1998

David Vincent


This book is a comprehensive study of the restriction of official information in Britain. It seeks to understand why secrets have been kept, and how systems of control have been constructed — and challenged — from 1832–1998. The book explores beyond the conventional boundaries of political or social history in this wide-ranging diagnosis of the ‘British disease’ — the legal forms and habits of mind, which together have constituted the national tradition of discreet reserve. The chapters range across bureaucrats and ballots, gossip and gay rights, doctors and dole investigators, in their explor ... More

Keywords: secrecy, political history, social history, gay rights, public power, professional power, commercial power, domestic power, privacy, freedom of expression

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198203070
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203070.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Vincent, author
University of Keele