Government Official History Series

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.

  • The Official History of the Joint Intelligence Committee

    Volume I: From the Approach of the Second World War to the Suez Crisis

    By Michael S. Goodman

    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…

    Paperback – 2015-07-06
    Routledge
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  • The Official History of Britain and the European Community, Vol. II

    From Rejection to Referendum, 1963-1975

    By Stephen Wall

    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…

    Paperback – 2014-05-29
    Routledge
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  • The Official History of North Sea Oil and Gas

    Vol. II: Moderating the State’s Role

    By Alex Kemp

    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…

    Paperback – 2014-03-27
    Routledge
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  • The Official History of North Sea Oil and Gas

    Vol. I: The Growing Dominance of the State

    By Alex Kemp

    Written by the leading expert in UK petroleum economics, this study provides a new, unique, in-depth analysis of the development of British policies towards the North Sea oil and gas industry from the early 1960s to the early 1980s.  Drawing on full access to the UK Government’s relevant…

    Paperback – 2014-03-27
    Routledge
    Government Official History Series

  • The Rise and Fall of a National Strategy

    The UK and The European Community: Volume 1

    Edited by Alan S. Milward

    This text analyzes British official thinking behind the UK's standing aloof from the moves after 1945 towards European economic collaboration, leading to the establishment of ECSC and the EEC in the 1950s. It deals with the later change of tack (1961), covers the organization in Whitehall for the…

    Paperback – 2012-12-06
    Routledge
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  • The Official History of Privatisation, Vol. II

    Popular Capitalism, 1987-97

    By David Parker

    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…

    Hardback – 2012-03-20
    Routledge
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  • The Official History of the British Civil Service

    Reforming the Civil Service, Volume I: The Fulton Years, 1966-81

    By Rodney Lowe

    This first volume of the Official History of the UK Civil Service covers its evolution from the Northcote-Trevelyan Report of 1854 to the first years of Mrs Thatcher’s government in 1981. Despite current concerns with good governance and policy delivery, little serious attention has been paid to…

    Hardback – 2011-01-09
    Routledge
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  • Secrecy and the Media

    The Official History of the United Kingdom's D-Notice System

    By Nicholas John Wilkinson

    Secrecy and the Media is the first book to examine the development of the D-Notice system, which regulates the UK media's publication of British national security secrets.  It is based on official documents, many of which have not previously been available to…

    Hardback – 2009-05-25
    Routledge
    Government Official History Series

  • Churchill's Man of Mystery

    Desmond Morton and the World of Intelligence

    By Gill Bennett

    The mysterious life and career of Desmond Morton, Intelligence officer and personal adviser to Winston Churchill during the Second World War, is exposed for the first time in this study based on full access to official records. After distinguished service as artillery officer and aide-de-camp to…

    Paperback – 2009-04-16
    Routledge
    Government Official History Series

  • The Official History of Privatisation Vol. I

    The formative years 1970-1987

    By David Parker

    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…

    Hardback – 2009-01-18
    Routledge
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  • The Official History of the Falklands Campaign, Volume 1

    The Origins of the Falklands War

    By Lawrence Freedman

    Drawing on a vast range of previously classified government archives as well as interviews with key participants, this first volume of the official history of the Falklands Campaign is the most authoritative account of the origins of the 1982 war. In the first chapters the author analyses the…

    Paperback – 2007-06-27
    Routledge
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  • The Official History of the Falklands Campaign, Volume 2

    War and Diplomacy

    By Lawrence Freedman

    In the second volume of his official history of the Falklands Campaign, Lawrence Freedman provides a detailed and authoritative account of one of the most extraordinary periods in recent British political history and a vivid portrayal of a government at war. After the shock of the Argentine…

    Paperback – 2007-06-27
    Routledge
    Government Official History Series

  • The Official History of Britain and the Channel Tunnel

    By Terry Gourvish

    Commissioned by the Cabinet Office and using hitherto untapped British Government records, this book presents an in-depth analysis of the successful project of 1986-94. This is a vivid portrayal of the complexities of quadripartite decision-making (two countries, plus the public and…

    Hardback – 2006-06-29
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  • SOE in France

    An Account of the Work of the British Special Operations Executive in France 1940-1944

    By M.R.D. Foot

    SOE in France was first published in 1966, followed by a second impression with amendments in 1968. Since these editions were published, other material on SOE has become available. It was, therefore, agreed in 2000 that Professor Foot should produce a revised version. In so doing, in addition to…

    Paperback – 2006-04-05
    Routledge
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  • Secret Flotillas

    Vol. II: Clandestine Sea Operations in the Western Mediterranean, North Africa and the Adriatic, 1940-1944

    By Brooks Richards

    This authoritative publication by the official historian, the late Sir Brooks Richards, vividly describes and analyses the clandestine naval operations that took place during World War II. The account has been made possible through Sir Brooks' access to closed government archives, combined with his…

    Hardback – 2004-03-03
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  • Secret Flotillas

    Vol. I: Clandestine Sea Operations to Brittany, 1940-1944

    By Brooks Richards

    With the fall of France, almost the entire coastline of Western Europe was in German hands. Clandestine sea transport operations provided lines of vital intelligence for wartime Britain. These 'secret flotillas' landed and picked up agents in and from France, and ferried Allied evaders and escapees…

    Hardback – 2004-03-03
    Routledge
    Government Official History Series

  • External Economic Policy Since the War, Volume 2

    By L. S. Pressnell

    Britain's external economic policy, from the end of the Second World War up to 1960, was dominated by the threefold constraints of the War's financial consequences, dependence on post-war American aid, and commitments to liberalised international trade and payments. Professor Pressnell gives…

    Hardback – 2002-02-28
    Routledge
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