1st Edition

Espionage and the Roots of the Cold War The Conspiratorial Heritage

By David McKnight Copyright 2002
    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    244 Pages
    by Routledge

    From the 1930s to the 1950s a large number of left-wing men and women in the USA, Britain, Europe, Australia and Canada were recruited to the Soviet intelligence services. They were amateurs and the reason for their success is intriguing. Using Soviet archives, this work explores these successes.

    The roots of conspiracy; the communist international and clandestine methods - the conspiratorial impulse; comintern's underground in Western military forces; underground in Asia; the 1930s - from the underground to espionage; a Trojan Horse within social democracy; fighting fascism through espionage.


    David McKnight (Author)

    'I recommend Espionage and the Roots of the Cold War as a starting point for those not expert in the history of Soviet intelligence activities and their use of communist party members as spies. It is very well researched and written, has impeccable sourcing, an impressive bibliography and a well-developed central thesis.' - H-Net

    'One is immediately struck by the book's ambitious scope. In a refreshing departure, the author seeks to go beyond the narrowly framed studies so common in the literature - whether the focus is on country, party, group or individual.' - Australian Historical Studies