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David Vincent

David  Vincent

David Vincent is Professor of Social History at The Open University, UK and Visiting Fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford University. He is the author or editor of fifteen books and numerous articles on British and European social history. His publications include The Culture of Secrecy: Britain 1832-1998 (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1998) and The Rise of Mass Literacy. Reading and Writing in Modern Europe (Polity Press, Cambridge; Blackwell Publishers Inc., 2000). He has just completed a book on the history of privacy in nineteenth-century Britain.

Last updated on 15.10.2013


The History of Secrecy


Privacy is the best Defense

The trouble with secrecy and transparency goes back a long way. To understand why we need secrets we must take a look at history and the British postal service of the nineteenth century.

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