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The Government Official History series began in 1919 with wartime histories, and the peacetime series was inaugurated in 1966 by Harold Wilson. The aim of the series is to produce major histories in their own right, compiled by historians eminent in the field, who are afforded free access to all relevant material in the official archives. The Histories also provide a trusted secondary source for other historians and researchers while the official records are not in the public domain. The main criteria for selection of topics are that the histories should record important episodes or themes of British history while the official records can still be supplemented by the recollections of key players; and that they should be of general interest, and, preferably, involve the records of more than one government department.

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The Official History of Criminal Justice in England and Wales: Volume II: Institution-Building

The Official History of Criminal Justice in England and Wales: Volume II: Institution-Building

1st Edition

Paul Rock
April 29, 2019

Volume II of The Official History of Criminal Justice in England and Wales traces, for the first time, the genesis and early evolution of two principal institutions in the criminal justice system, the Crown Court and the Crown Prosecution Service. This volume examines the origins and shaping of two...

The Official History of Criminal Justice in England and Wales: Volume I: The 'Liberal Hour'

The Official History of Criminal Justice in England and Wales: Volume I: The 'Liberal Hour'

1st Edition

Paul Rock
April 29, 2019

Volume I of The Official History of Criminal Justice in England and Wales frames what was known about crime and criminal justice in the 1960s, before describing the liberalising legislation of the decade. Commissioned by the Cabinet Office and using interviews, British Government records, and...

The Official History of the UK Strategic Nuclear Deterrent: Volume I: From the V-Bomber Era to the Arrival of Polaris, 1945-1964

The Official History of the UK Strategic Nuclear Deterrent: Volume I: From the V-Bomber Era to the Arrival of Polaris, 1945-1964

1st Edition

Matthew Jones
January 23, 2019

Volume I of The Official History of the UK Strategic Nuclear Deterrent provides an authoritative and in-depth examination of the British government’s strategic nuclear policy from 1945 to 1964. Written with full access to the UK documentary record, this volume examines how British governments...

The Official History of the UK Strategic Nuclear Deterrent: Volume II: The Labour Government and the Polaris Programme, 1964-1970

The Official History of the UK Strategic Nuclear Deterrent: Volume II: The Labour Government and the Polaris Programme, 1964-1970

1st Edition

Matthew Jones
January 23, 2019

Volume II of The Official History of the UK Strategic Nuclear Deterrent provides an authoritative and in-depth examination of the British government’s strategic nuclear policy from 1964 to 1970. Written with full access to the UK documentary record, Volume II examines the controversies that...

The Official History of Britain and the European Community, Volume III: The Tiger Unleashed, 1975-1985

The Official History of Britain and the European Community, Volume III: The Tiger Unleashed, 1975-1985

1st Edition

Stephen Wall
November 09, 2018

Volume III of The Official History of Britain and the European Community covers the divisions over Europe of the Labour Government (1975–79) and the controversies surrounding Britain’s relations with her EEC partners under Margaret Thatcher. As the UK prepares to leave the European Union, this...

The Official History of Privatisation, Vol. II: Popular Capitalism, 1987-97

The Official History of Privatisation, Vol. II: Popular Capitalism, 1987-97

1st Edition

David Parker
July 25, 2018

This is Volume II of Professor Parker's authoritative Official History of Privatisation, covering the period from the re-election of Margaret Thatcher in 1987 to the election of Tony Blair in 1997. Volume II considers in detail several of the major privatisations, including those of airports, steel...

The Authorised History of British Defence Economic Intelligence: A Cold War in Whitehall, 1929-90

The Authorised History of British Defence Economic Intelligence: A Cold War in Whitehall, 1929-90

1st Edition

Peter Davies
July 04, 2018

This book is the first history of UK economic intelligence and offers a new perspective on the evolution of Britain's national intelligence machinery and how it worked during the Cold War. British economic intelligence has a longer pedigree than the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) and was the...

The Official History of the Cabinet Secretaries

The Official History of the Cabinet Secretaries

1st Edition

Ian Beesley
January 30, 2018

This book is the official history of British Cabinet Secretaries, the most senior civil servants in UK government, from the post-war period up to 2002. In December 1916 Maurice Hankey sat at the Cabinet table to take the first official record of Cabinet decisions. Prior to this there had been no...

The Official History of Privatisation Vol. I: The formative years 1970-1987

The Official History of Privatisation Vol. I: The formative years 1970-1987

1st Edition

David Parker
January 21, 2016

This first volume of the Official History studies the background to privatisation, and the privatisations of the first two Conservative Governments led by Margaret Thatcher from May 1979 to June 1987. First commissioned by the then Prime Minister Tony Blair as an authoritative history, this volume...

The Official History of the Joint Intelligence Committee: Volume I: From the Approach of the Second World War to the Suez Crisis

The Official History of the Joint Intelligence Committee: Volume I: From the Approach of the Second World War to the Suez Crisis

1st Edition

Michael S. Goodman
July 06, 2015

Volume One of the Official History of the Joint Intelligence Committee draws upon a range of released and classified papers to produce the first, authoritative account of the way in which intelligence was used to inform policy. For almost 80 years the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) has been a...

The Official History of Britain and the European Community, Vol. II: From Rejection to Referendum, 1963-1975

The Official History of Britain and the European Community, Vol. II: From Rejection to Referendum, 1963-1975

1st Edition

Stephen Wall
May 30, 2014

This is the second volume in The Official History of Britain and the European Community, and describes the events from 1963 up until the British referendum on the Common Market in 1975. In 1963, General de Gaulle dashed Prime Minister Macmillan’s hopes of taking Britain into the European...

The Official History of North Sea Oil and Gas: Vol. II: Moderating the State’s Role

The Official History of North Sea Oil and Gas: Vol. II: Moderating the State’s Role

1st Edition

Alex Kemp
March 28, 2014

Written by the leading expert in the history of UK energy, this study provides new, in-depth analysis of the development of UK petroleum policies towards the North Sea oil and gas industry from the early 1960s to the early 1980s. Following on from volume I (The Growing Dominance of the State) to...

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