Full metadata record
DC FieldValueLanguage
dc.contributor.authorFronk, David
dc.date.accessioned2024-02-07T15:03:55Z
dc.date.available2024-02-07T15:03:55Z
dc.date.issued2023
dc.identifier.citationWest Bohemian Historical Review. 2023, no. 2, p. 251-278.en
dc.identifier.issn1804-5480
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11025/55284
dc.format28 s.cs
dc.format.mediumapplication/pdf
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherZápadočeská univerzita v Plznics
dc.rights© Západočeská univerzita v Plznics
dc.subjectantikomunismuscs
dc.subjectAlger Hisscs
dc.subjectWhittaker Chamberscs
dc.subjectHUACcs
dc.subjectšpionážcs
dc.titleThe Hiss Caseen
dc.typečlánekcs
dc.typearticleen
dc.rights.accessopenAccessen
dc.type.versionpublishedVersionen
dc.description.abstract-translatedThis study looks at the case of Alger Hiss, which became a hotly debated topic across all levels of American society after it emerged in summer 1948. In particular, it was the first big post-war story which opened up the issue of a possible communist threat to the United States of America. In light of McCarthyism, which essentially took up the start of the 1950s, we need to examine this case taking account of the rising hysteria, and the question then directly arises of how far Alger Hiss’s story was able to affect the very running of society. The trained lawyer and former federal employee was accused of membership of the Communist Party in front of the HUAC by Whittaker Chambers. This apparently banal beginning would lead to unforeseeable consequences for both protagonists. Furthermore, other parties became increasingly interested in the entire case, and their interest was certainly not merely in uncovering the truth. Members of the investigative committee were often focusing on their own political objectives and visibility, while the media wanted to get a scoop, and were eager to inform the public on current developments on an almost daily basis. This all meant that the case was an extremely fraught and closely watched one which really was able to deeply influence the further direction of society. The objective of this study is to describe the core details of the case and identify the motivations of the different figures involved. Their actions certainly could have had a marked influence on the whole of society, and so the question arises of whether they really did, and whether any of them were aware of this fact at the time. In contrast to other authors who have looked at this case, it is not my objective to determine whether Alger Hiss was guilty or innocent. Instead, I want to portray the story as a conflict between two figures in which various circumstances led them to be standing against each other to stage a show in front of the whole of America which could lead to unforeseen consequences for everyone observing, even if from afar.en
dc.subject.translatedanti-communismen
dc.subject.translatedAlger Hissen
dc.subject.translatedWhittaker Chambersen
dc.subject.translatedHUACen
dc.subject.translatedespionageen
dc.type.statusPeer revieweden
Appears in Collections:Číslo 2 (2023)
Číslo 2 (2023)

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
WBHR_2023_2-135-162.pdfPlný text167,22 kBAdobe PDFView/Open


Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/11025/55284

Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.