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Title: Biggles sees red: Saving Australia from the communist menace
Contributor(s): Ihde, Erin  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2013
DOI: 10.1386/ajpc.2.3.363_1
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Abstract: James Bigglesworth, known as 'Biggles', is a children's fictional character created by the English author Captain W. E. Johns in the 1930s. The 'Biggles' books became some of the most popular children's titles of the twentieth century. Biggles had adventures worldwide, but after World War II his adversaries were often communists. These stories reflect Cold War tensions, and many explore issues that are directly pertinent to Australian readers, including Korea, China and even a story set in Australia itself - where Biggles was particularly popular - in which Biggles thwarts a planned communist uprising involving Aborigines. This article explores the extent to which the books were influential in shaping Cold War attitudes during the 1950s and 1960s, in light of Johns' expressed intentions when writing the books.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, 2(3), p. 363-380
Publisher: Intellect Ltd
Place of Publication: Bristol, England
ISSN: 2045-5860
Field of Research (FOR): 210305 British History
210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 950503 Understanding Australias Past
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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