The Murray-Smiths in Prague

Deery, Phillip (2002) The Murray-Smiths in Prague. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)


Contains an article on Stephen Murray-Smith, a prominent contributor to Australian politics and a leading activist of the left in Melbourne. While living in Prague for nearly two years from June 1949 to April 1951, Stephen and Nita Murray-Smith were part of a small community of left-wing Australians living in or travelling through Prague. Stephen obtained employment with the Telepress News Agency and was responsible for news on the Asia-Pacific region. He also wrote several articles on Czechoslovakia for the Australian communist press. Consistent with the ideological framework and doctrinal rigidity common to most loyal communists during this period of high Stalinism and Cold War tension, Murray-Smith wrote from Prague a long article entitled 'A New Era for Tibet' for a communist periodical. Today, the Chinese occupation of Tibet is the source of moral and political anguish. Then, it was reason for celebration.

Item type Other
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1606 Political Science
Historical > FOR Classification > 2103 Historical Studies
Current > Collections > McLaren Papers
Keywords politics, journalism, bourgeoisie, political activism, communism, MCLAREN-BOXD13-DOC3
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