The Sinews of War: McCarthyism Crosses the Atlantic

Matthew Gerth

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At the height of the US Red Scare, Joseph McCarthy directed his attacks towards the UK. Tapping into deep-seated Anglophobia in the American collective psyche, McCarthy infused it with his own brand of anti-communism. He declared a personal war on the UK seeking to disrupt Anglo-American relations. McCarthy’s “paranoid style” and anti-British sentiment manifested from a longer tradition of Midwestern resentment. Although the British government regarded his efforts as a significant threat to the “special relationship”, it refused to directly denounce or engage with the Wisconsin Senator. This paper examines this little-known episode of the McCarthy era
Original languageEnglish
JournalAustralian Journal of Politics and History
Publication statusAccepted - 28 Jan 2021


  • Anti-communism
  • Red Scare
  • McCarthyism
  • Anglophobia
  • Cold War
  • Anglo-American Relations


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