On the history of cryptography during WW2, and possible new directions for cryptographic research

Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 219)


This paper will discuss the role of cryptography within a particular “world view”, with the aim of investigating the history and foundations of the subject. Particular emphasis will be placed of the role of cryptography in the German military failures of WW2, lessons t o be derived, and possible new directions for research (including extending the theory of cryptographic protocols to what I call “Abstract Protocol Theory”.) I hope that some of the readers will become interested in doing further research in the areas discussed.


History of Cryptography History of War Theory of War Cryptographic Protocols Abstract Protocol Theory Game Theoretic Cryptography Rommel ULTRA 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Computer Science Dept.University of CaliforniaBerkeley

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