Spain, sectarianism and social memory in Cold War Queensland

Mason, Robert (2007) Spain, sectarianism and social memory in Cold War Queensland. Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research, 13 (2). pp. 9-28. ISSN 1470-1847

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Spain was central to both Protestant and Catholic constructions of the British Commonwealth, and mediated changing emphases in narratives of social identity. Whilst Protestants associated Spain with military opposition to the Commonwealth, Catholics identified the country with the principled prioritisation of communism’s defeat in the post-war world. The well-publicised tension between the two positions meant that Spain was central to the construction of social discourse in the early Cold War. Spain was particularly central to Catholic identity, and reconciled narratives that focussed on Irish ethnicity with the emerging predominance of anti-communism. Spain’s success in maintaining Catholics’ continuity of identity minimised the trauma caused by changed social conditions, and facilitated later Catholic political action in the well-documented initiatives of the Movement.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - No Department
Date Deposited: 12 May 2010 09:26
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2014 22:42
Uncontrolled Keywords: catholicism; protestantism; Marxism; Queensland; social history; European history
Fields of Research : 21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210307 European History (excl. British, Classical Greek and Roman)
16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160603 Comparative Government and Politics
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australia's Past

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