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.
- Red Scare
- Cold War
- Anglo-American Relations
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Red scare Britain: Anti-communism in British government and politics during the early Cold War, 1945-56Author: Gerth, M., Jul 2021
Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis › Doctor of Philosophy