Knowledge Identifier: &Fifth_column
Founded in 1930.
Countries: England (27%), United Kingdom (18%), Europe (18%)
Linked to: Communist Party of Ukraine, Party of Regions, UK Independence Party, Gleiwitz incident
In the United States at the end of the 1930s, as involvement in the European war seemed ever more likely, those who feared the possibility of betrayal from within used the newly coined term "fifth column" as a shorthand for sedition and disloyalty
Ernest Hemingway used it as the title of his only play, which he wrote in Madrid while the city was being bombarded, and published in 1938 in his book "The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories"
John Langdon-Davies, a British journalist who covered the Spanish Civil War, popularized the term "fifth column" by publishing an account called "The Fifth Column" in 1940