By Brian Balmer

it really is no mystery that twentieth-century Britain was once ruled via a tradition of secrecy, and secrecy used to be fairly endemic in army study and defence coverage surrounding organic and chemical conflict. extra as a rule, it truly is difficult to magnify the position of secrecy in all earlier organic and chemical conflict programmes and a number of other contemporary ancient surveys of organic and chemical battle learn have emphasized that each one kingdom subsidized programmes, including sub-state organised actions, have been cloaked in utmost secrecy. of those examine programmes, Britain conducted probably the most major in scale and scope within the 20th century. but, partially due to the secrecy surrounding the programme, there's nonetheless little educational literature on its historic improvement. both, and regardless of secrecy being a pervasive function of earlier and modern societies, social scientists and historians have paid fairly little scholarly awareness to the character, mechanics and results of secrecy, relatively with reference to secrecy on the subject of the creation and governance of technology and expertise. Drawing on classical sociological writing on secrecy by way of Simmel, Merton and Shils this groundbreaking publication by way of Brian Balmer attracts on lately declassified files to enquire major episodes within the heritage of organic and chemical struggle. even as, it attracts on extra modern views in technological know-how and expertise stories that comprehend wisdom and social order as co-produced inside of heterogeneous networks of 'things and folks' so one can enhance a theoretical set of arguments approximately how the connection among secrecy and technology can be understood.

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