The Culture of Secrecy

The Culture of Secrecy

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This is the first, comprehensive study of secrecy in modern British history. Professor Vincent examines how and why secrets have been kept, and how systems of control have been constructed - and challenged - over the past hundred and sixty years. It is the only book to place current controversies over freedom of information in the context of the development of the liberal state since 1832.Whilst, as we have seen, the letter was all too vulnerable to interception, it was intrinsically enclosed whereas ... Once the factor of cost had been removed for all but the poorest sections of society, the principal obstacle to the ... Instead, the new flat-rate benefit was, as one critic put it, a#39;a boon to the rich instead of the poora#39; .1aquot; It was eagerly ... 1aquot; The Administration of the Post Office from the Introduction of Mr. Rowland Hilla#39;s Ran of Penny Postage up to the Present Time (London, 1844).

Title:The Culture of Secrecy
Author:David Vincent
Publisher:Oxford University Press on Demand - 1998


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