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Bletchley Park and the Development of the Rockex Cipher Systems: Building a Technocratic Culture, 1941–1945

Smith, Christopher (2017) Bletchley Park and the Development of the Rockex Cipher Systems: Building a Technocratic Culture, 1941–1945. War in History, 24 (2). pp. 176-194. ISSN 1477-0385. (doi:10.1177/0968344515613539) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

In 1943 Britain’s security experts began to investigate the development of new cipher machine technologies. This resulted in the creation of the initial projects to construct the Rockex family of cipher systems. The development of the systems marked a major step in the building of a technocratic culture within Britain’s primary wartime cryptanalysis agency, the Government Code and Cypher School housed at Bletchley Park. This article explores the evolution of Bletchley Park’s wartime technocratic culture and utilizes the Rockex project as a case study; moreover it establishes the importance of the project as a catalyst of further institutional cultural change.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/0968344515613539
Uncontrolled keywords: Rockex, Bletchley Park, technocratic culture, signals intelligence, Second World War, Government Code and Cypher School
Subjects: D History General and Old World
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of History
SWORD Depositor: JISC Publications Router
Depositing User: Chris Smith
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2018 12:50 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 21:14 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/69409 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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