Treason and Deadly Lies

Traitorous crimes involve lying, subterfuge and deception on a large scale. Both Anne Boleyn and Joan of Arc were found guilty of treason and executed. King Charles I was found guilty of waging war on his own subjects and was beheaded in 1649. Lord Haw Haw was the last traitor hanged in Britain in 1946.The execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg in 1953 for treason in the USA remains highly controversial 68 years later. The Watergate scandal 1972-1974 was awash with lies from "the President and all of his men". The witch hunts of Joseph McCarthy in the USA in 1950s and the Invasion of Iraq in 2003 by western allies were based on lies, false "evidence" and obfuscation, both with deadly consequences over many decades.

DELIVERY MODE

  • Face-to-Face

SUGGESTED READING

  • Gordon, Michael (2007) Cobra 11 : The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq (Vintage) ISBN10 : 1400075393
  • Weir, William (2009) History’s Greatest Lies (Quarto) ISBN : 9781592333363
  • Southwell, David (2005) Secrets and Lies : Exposing the World of Cover-ups and Deception (Fantastic publishing) ISBN10 : 1844424944
  • Wharam, Allan (1997) Famous English Treason Trials (Alan Sutton Publishing) ISBN 0750909919

COURSE OUTLINE

  • The origins of the laws of treason from the 14th century in the reign of King Edward III.
  • Examples of famous treason trials including Socrates 399 BC, William Wallace (Braveheart) 1305, Joan of Arc 1431, Anne Boleyn 1536, Charles I 1649, Lord Haw Haw 1946 and Julius and Ethel Rosenberg 1953.
  • Great lies and deceptions in History including lies and and attempts to coverup the lies involved in the Massacre in the Katyn Forest in East Poland by the Red Army in 1940, The McCarthy anti Communist witch hunts of the USA in the 1950s and the Invasion of Iraq by western allies in 2003.
  • The short term and longer term impact of the lies and deceptions from the case studies, including the lingering aspects of the deceptions in the current decade of the 2020s.
  • Recent considerations of the themes of treason and deadly lies might include Julian Assange who has been accused of treason by the USA even though he is an Australian citizen and Princess Diana who was technically guilty of treason for adultery while married to the heir to the British throne.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Gain an understanding of the crime of treason/high treason and its consequences in varying political and social contexts throughout different periods of Ancient, Mediaeval and Modern History.
  2. Examine a range of consequences of lies and deceptions perpetrated by governments, political and military leaders over the centuries.
  3. Analyse some examples of the complex interrelationship between political propaganda and lies and deceptions.
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