The Red Scare 1947 - 1960

The years following WW2 saw the Western world plunge into a cold war against communism, both abroad and at home. Abroad we saw the Berlin Blockade, the Korean War and the Malayan Emergency. In the US the established the McCarthyite House Committee on Un-American Activities with its communist “witch hunts” and in Australia the High Court case to ban the Communist Party and the Labor Party split over communism. This course looks at the reasons for this period and the way it played out in both the US and Australia.


This class will be delivered online via the online platform Zoom. Enrolling students need to ensure they have an email, a reliable internet connection, microphone/speakers and access to a tablet, smartphone or computer.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • An explanation of the politics and the history that created this period. This means a look at the role of communism from the beginning of the 20th century and how the Marxist-Leninist ideology was seen to threaten capitalist, liberal democracies. The role of the USSR in WW2 and the Chinese Revolution of 1949 formed the culminating cause of fear in the west
  • The McCarthy “witch hunts” in the US and the banning of the Communist Party led to a reaction from liberals and intellectuals that meant the US became a deeply divided country. Hollywood is the most obvious example of the blacklisting and discrimination by both the Congress and the industry that resulted from the communist scare.
  • In Australia, Prime Minister Robert Menzies led a campaign to outlaw the Communist Party and to implicate the Labor Party in the activities of Communists and Communist led unions. This set the political climate for over two decades with the split in the Labor party and battles inside key industries like Building and Construction and Shipping.


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

  1. Understand the politics of the various players from Stalinism and Maoism to Fascism, Capitalism and Liberalism.
  2. Know the roles played by the major leaders in the US including Senator McCarthy, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Pete Seeger, Margaret Chase Smith, Billy Graham, Bishop Fulton Sheen and many others.
  3. Know the part played by the major players in Australia including Robert Menzies, Clive (Doc) Evatt, Ben Chifley, B.A. Santamaria, Archbishop Daniel Mannix, Lance Sharkey.
  4. Understand the long-term consequences for nuclear proliferation and the arms race, Asian wars and the demise of the ALP in Australia for over 2 decades.
$110 Limited / $99

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