My name is Craig McKay otherwise known as C.G.McKay /Craig Graham McKay/”CG”/”Den Gamla”. Growing up in the company of people who had gone through two terrible wars, I soon became interested in the history of intelligence and statecraft during the first half of the twentieth century. My regional focus has been on Scandinavia and the Baltic States where I have specialist knowledge and I am the author of two fairly well-known books, “From Information to Intrigue” (1993) and “Swedish Signal Intelligence”(2003), the latter written with Bengt Beckman. In addition,I have published a great number of articles and reviews in the learned journals and have given lectures on intelligence history at universities and other institutions.
The object of my site is partly to gather together in one place some of my older essays. Thanks to technology, it also allows me to place new material – essays, remarks or book reviews- directly on the web without having to wait two years for some academic journal to print it. Two years at my time of life is not something to be taken for granted.
I also hope eventually, if not immediately, to publish new essays by other people on such subjects as secret intelligence, counterintelligence, technical intelligence (incuding SIGINT etc),special operations, economic warfare, political warfare or secret diplomacy. Prospective essay writers who ideally should have already demonstrated their knowledge of the field, are encouraged to send their essays (in English) in the form of a PDF file attached to an email and marked “For The Adjudicator” to
The backbone of their work should be based on documents in public archives and the authors should have something new and interesting to say about the subject .The essays should normally be about events in the period between 1900 and the death of Stalin but certain exceptions may be allowed. Authors must use their own name: no pseudonyms are allowed. They must affirm clearly that the essay is their own work and that they have carefully indicated all the sources they have used. Essays should be prefaced by a short summary of the subject matter and the main point the author is trying to make.The decision whether to publish an essay or not will be conveyed by the Adjudicator. No reason will be supplied for refusal and there is no Court of Appeal. After some reflection, I have decided to exclude on-site comments on the material published here. Such dialogues and debates are best conducted elsewhere and in other forms. As far as I am concerned, it is the provision of new material in the form of analytical essays based on archival research which is the main priority on this site.
Finally I believe that scholars have an important role in educating the public at large simply by making their research available on the web. Hopefully it will in particular stimulate the curiosity of a younger generation of scholars and encourage them to pursue their own historical investigations. At the same time, it goes without saying that people who make use of material on this site for online comment or for any other scholarly or journalistic purpose should,as a matter of common decency, acknowledge this in what they write. As the Good Book and Chaucer agree : “the labourer is worthy of his hire.”