Crusade Or Conspiracy?
The split in the Labor Party in the mid 1950s was the culmination of an enormous struggle for the soul of the party, waged by fair means or foul. - Locked in bitter ideological dispute were, on the one hand,...
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The split in the Labor Party in the mid 1950s was the culmination of an enormous struggle for the soul of the party, waged by fair means or foul. - Locked in bitter ideological dispute were, on the one hand, a small but energetic group of Communists and their sympathisers and, on the other, anti-Communist forces led by B.A. Santamaria. - Santamaria's role, and the activities of his semi-clandestine - organisation, the Movement, created enormous controversy within the Catholic Church. The split and its aftermath had a profound impact on the landscape of Australian politics up to the present day. - Drawing on previously unreleased documents, this is the first comprehensive account of the events leading up to the split. - Bruce Duncan interviewed many of the key players and has had access to archives not open to previous scholars working on this topic. - This is likely to be the definitive work on the Movement, just as Stuart Macintyre's book The Reds will be the standard reference on the Communist Party of Australia. - Illustrated with black & white photographs
Account of the events leading up to the split in the Australian Labor Party in the mid 1950s, including the key role of B A Santamaria in the anti-Communist movement. Details the intrigue and conflict surrounding the anti-Communist hysteria in the Catholic Church. Questions whether 'The Movement' was a committed Catholic crusade against a real and dangerous communist foe or a clandestine conspiracy for political power. Examines the development of Catholic sociopolitical movements in Australia. Includes notes, select bibliography and index. Author is a Catholic priest who lectures in history and social ethics at Yarra Theological Union, Melbourne. Previous titles include 'The Church's Social Thinking: From Rerum Novarum to 1931'.