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'A Divided Soul'? the Cold War odyssey of O. John Rogge

Deery, Phillip (2006) 'A Divided Soul'? the Cold War odyssey of O. John Rogge. Cold War History, 6 (2). pp. 177-204. ISSN 1468-2745

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Abstract

In 1948 O. John Rogge, a prominent American liberal, was a contender for the Progressive Party's vice-presidential nomination. He was then a man of the Left: an activist in the international peace movement, a champion of radical causes and a defender of organizations deemed subversive by the Department of Justice. In 1951 he persuaded his client to turn government witness in the Rosenberg espionage trial and was converted into 'Rogge the Rat' by his former allies. In tracing this transformation, this paper will argue that Rogge was neither a typical Cold War apostate nor a typical anti-Stalinist intellectual. Instead, his political trajectory was the outcome of a failed attempt to steer global politics away from Cold War dichotomies. The paper will therefore throw new light both on the movement to find a 'third way' between East and West, and on the phenomenon of non-communist Left activism during the early Cold War.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID10652. John Rogge, peace movement, cold war, history, politics and government
Subjects: RFCD Classification > 360000 Policy and Political Science
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Depositing User: Mr Angeera Sidaya
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2007
Last Modified: 23 May 2013 16:37
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/573
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