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When Minister of Housing in 1953, Harold Macmillan complained of Cabinet minutes that, Historians reading this ﬁfty or a hundred years hence will get a totally false picture. They will be ﬁlled with admiration and surprise to ﬁnd the Cabinet were so intellectually disciplined that they argued each issue methodically and logically through to a set of neat and precise conclusions. 132 Historians have long recognised that the process of creating, storing, declassifying and then consulting the archival record is an inherently problematic process.
One expectation might be that intelligence and security services live and breathe through their records as access to information and cross-referral are the life-blood of the work of intelligence and counter-intelligence. Efﬁcient intelligence systems require efficient information management and retrieval. Whether this expectation is borne out in reality and across time and space is, of course, another matter. The study of intelligence by means of archival analysis should recognise certain limitations from the outset.
28. 30 The question of author perspective is one that has long-taxed historians. Robin George Collingwood noted: St. Augustine looked at history from the point of view of the early Christian; Tillemont, from that of a seventeenth-century Frenchman; Gibbon, from that of an eighteenth-century Englishman; Mommsen, from that of a nineteenth-century German. There is no point in asking which the right point of view was. Each was the only one possible for the man who adopted it. G. Collingwood, The Idea of History, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1946, p.
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