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The Resource The show : another side of Santamaria's movement, Mark Aarons with John Grenville

The show : another side of Santamaria's movement, Mark Aarons with John Grenville

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The show : another side of Santamaria's movement
Title
The show
Title remainder
another side of Santamaria's movement
Statement of responsibility
Mark Aarons with John Grenville
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Contributor
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In late 1942, on the recommendation of 26-year-old Bob Santamaria, Australia's Catholic bishops took the first steps in creating a clandestine church organisation to smash the Communist Party's massive trade union base. Before long, The Movement, as it was known, developed into a sophisticated intelligence agency, with its tentacles reaching into every corner of politics and also working closely with official intelligence agencies, especially the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO). Santamaria based his Movement (also called The Show) completely on the Communist Party, copying its spectacularly successful union-organising machinery. Within a decade, it had defeated communist power in many major unions. He also adopted the communists' strategy of infiltrating the Labor Party, and embarked on an aggressive programme to transform it into a Catholic political machine, helping spark the great Labor Split of the mid-1950s. Ironically, in modelling the Movement on his enemy, Santamaria imported its most odious characteristic - Stalinism. He rapidly embraced the characteristics of a Stalinist leader, actively cultivating his own 'cult of personality'. Over time, this infected The Movement, as it adopted authoritarian practices and imposed anti-democratic policies on the unions it controlled, mirroring the communists' modus operandi. As in the Communist Party, this inevitably caused internal battles and catastrophic splits that undermined and, eventually, destroyed The Movement. Weaving together a rich story from previously secret archives of both The Movement and the Communist Party, ASIO's massive files, and extensive oral history interviews, The Show exposes a previously unseen side of Santamaria's Catholic Movement
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
ANL
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Aarons, Mark
Dewey number
320.994
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Grenville, John
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  • Santamaria, B. A.
  • National Catholic Rural Movement (Australia)
  • Religion and politics
  • Catholic Action
  • Communist Party of Australia
  • Intelligence service
  • Australia
Label
The show : another side of Santamaria's movement, Mark Aarons with John Grenville
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Publication
Copyright
Note
Contains biographical information
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-216) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000059876480
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
Australian edition.
Extent
xvii, 265 pages
Isbn
9781925322316
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)983269742
Label
The show : another side of Santamaria's movement, Mark Aarons with John Grenville
Publication
Copyright
Note
Contains biographical information
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-216) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000059876480
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
Australian edition.
Extent
xvii, 265 pages
Isbn
9781925322316
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)983269742

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