The Petrov Affair

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Text, 2004 - Australia - 302 pages
In the highly charged atmosphere of the Cold War, the 1954 defection of Soviet diplomats Vladimir and Evdokia Petrov detonated under Australian politics like a nuclear explosion. From the moment the famous photo of Soviet thugs manhandling Evdokia Petrova across the Mascot tarmac hit the newstands, the case was a popular sensation. By the time ALP leader Doc Evatt had initiated his spectacular political self-destruction before the subsequent royal commission and triggered the events that led to the ALP's electoral obliteration in the 1950s and '60s, its place in history was assured.

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The Petrov Affair is a moment that seems to have been pushed into a corner of Australian history, but, as Manne proposes, it's actually one of the key moments in Cold War history, much more well known ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Robert Manne is associate professor of politics at La Trobe University, a columnist for the Age and Sydney Morning Heraldand a commentator on ABC radio. His books include The Petrov Affair, The Culture of Forgetting, The Way We Live Now, The Australian Century and In Denial.

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