How Did The Cold War Affect Australia

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The defection of Vladimir Petrov to Australia, occurring at the height of the Cold War, displayed mistrust and suspicion during the war and had long lasting effects on the Labor Party of Australia. The Cold War was a period of tension, conflict, and competition between the United States and the Soviet Union to gain political, economic, social, and cultural dominance in the world. This rivalry was fought by various methods— propaganda, industry, technological developments, occasional military clash, economics, sports, and diplomatic haggling. The United States was ruled by democracy—a capitalist society with free elections, free open trade, freedom of speech, personal freedom, and freedom of the media. However, The Soviet Union was ruled by…show more content…
People from Australia, America and Britain feared communism and saw it as a threat. This affair occurred at the height of the Cold War and was the ultimate example of good versus evil—the Western powers and good, and the communists and bad. “Photographs and newsreels of Mrs. Petrov between two British Gods entered forever into our national imagination as a picture of what most Australians at the time believed the Cold War to be about, the struggle between political good and political evil.” The Cold War was characterized by mistrust and suspicion, displayed through the extensive use of espionage. The Petrov Affair was a great example of the mistrust and evil that occurred during the Cold War. The Petrov Affair had a great effect on the history of the Labor Party of Australia and displayed the tensions and mistrust between the two countries. Bibliography Primary Sources http://www.oph.gov.au/petrov/content.asp?PageID=153 (Audio: Professor Manne on the significances of the Petrov affair) http://www.oph.gov.au/petrov/content.asp?pageID=157 (Audio: Professor Manne on the consequences of the Petrov Affair) Secondary Sources
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