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Author Smith, Christopher, 1986- author.

Title The hidden history of Bletchley Park : a social and organisational history, 1939-1945 / Christopher Smith, Aberystwyth University, UK.

Published New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, [2015]


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Physical description 1 online resource
Series Springer English/International eBooks 2015 - Full Set
Contents Introduction -- 1. The Organisation of the Government Code and Cypher School -- 2. Recruitment at GC&CS: 1919-1945 -- 3. On-duty Life at the Government Code and Cypher School -- 4. The Administration of Off-Duty Life and Staff Welfare -- 5. Off-Duty Life: Staff Experience -- 6. Bletchley Park and its Impact on the Local Community -- Conclusion.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary Bletchley Park is typically described as a 'unique' institution, a conclusion derived from the eccentricities of its most celebrated staff members, its perceived egalitarian and collegiate working environment, and the extreme secrecy surrounding its activities. Yet contrary to this popular image of Bletchley Park, the agency developed over the course of the war into a highly regimented, highly professional -- and highly typical -- wartime institution. Notwithstanding the veil of secrecy that permeated every level of its operation, the agency faced the same kinds of logistical, organizational and administrative challenges common to organizations during the war and in many respects responded in a 'typical' fashion. Similarly, prevalent social norms within British society dominated the day-to-day lives of staff members. Meanwhile, the agency was able to function and remain secret in no small part thanks to the willingness of local people to accept a surprising degree of wartime inconvenience and restriction.
Other author Palgrave Connect (Online service)
SpringerLink issuing body.
Subject Great Britain. Government Communications Headquarters -- History.
Great Britain. Government Communications Headquarters -- Personnel management.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Cryptography.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Secret service -- Great Britain.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Electronic intelligence -- Great Britain.
World War, 1939-1945 -- England -- Bletchley (Buckinghamshire)
World War, 1939-1945 -- Women -- Great Britain.
Intelligence service -- Social aspects -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
Corporate culture -- England -- Bletchley (Buckinghamshire) -- History -- 20th century.
Bletchley (Buckinghamshire, England) -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9781137484932