The Trojan Dove? Intelllectual and Religious Peace Activism in the Early Cold War

Jordan, Douglas (2004) The Trojan Dove? Intelllectual and Religious Peace Activism in the Early Cold War. Other Degree thesis, Victoria University of Technology.


The formation of the Austrahan Peace Council (APC) in July 1949 was a direct challenge to the Cold War ideology that was dominant in Australia at this time. Its advocacy of peace and its support for international agreements between the major powers drew a hostile reaction from almost every sector of Australian society. This thesis will examine the political and historical context for the formation of the APC and the holding of its first National Peace Congress, in Melbourne, in 1950. In particular, it will focus on the involvement of the three key groups that were involved in the APC: the religious activists, the independent activists, and the communist intellectuals. It will argue that those involved in the APC were motivated by idealistic views, were not Stalin's 'stooges', and were genuinely committed to ending the very real threat of a nuclear war.

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Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Item type Thesis (Other Degree thesis)
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1606 Political Science
Historical > FOR Classification > 2202 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Keywords Australian Peace Council, media, activists, activism, 1950s, peace movement, CPA, Communist Party of Australia, APC, Communism, Christianity, Christian Church
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