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Public and Political: General: League of Nations Union., 03 Apr 1936 - 02 Dec 1936

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 2/286

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Correspondents include: Sir Austen Chamberlain on subjects including views on colonial policy expressed in a League of Nations Union pamphlet, WSC's defence deputations to the Prime Minister [Stanley Baldwin] and refusing to sign the union's declaration of its aims (2); 1st Lord Cecil of Chelwood [earlier Lord Robert Cecil], President, League of Nations Union and Joint-President, International Peace Campaign, on subjects including his vote for rearmament in the House of Lords, the difficulty of organizing collective action against Hitler after Italy's successful invasion of Abyssinia [later Ethiopia], France's anti-British campaign, asking WSC to represent Conservative opinion in the International Peace Campaign, the uselessness of the Cabinet in foreign policy, and the union's declaration of its aims (9); Maxwell Garnett, Secretary, League of Nations Union, asking WSC to join their committee, and on the aims of the union; [Samuel] Vyvyan Adams, member of the union's executive committee, urging WSC to speak for the International Peace Campaign (3); Anthony Eden [later 1st Lord Avon, Foreign Secretary] on the International Peace Campaign; Gilbert Murray [Chairman, League of Nations Union] on WSC's speeches, and arranging co-operation between him and the union. Other subjects include: staying neutral over Spain; WSC's disagreement with the suppression of private armaments manufacturers; joint action between the League of Nations Union and New Commonwealth Society; the "Little Entente" [between Yugoslavia (later Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Slovenia), Czechoslovakia (later Czech Republic and Slovakia) and Romania] acting as an Eastern security group for Europe. Also includes: pamphlet from the Woodford [Essex] branch of the League of Nations Union, with an article proposing League of Nations administration of Britain's colonies; list of the union's executive committee members; copy of the union's General Council resolutions on subjects including the prevention of war, rearmament, collective security, refugees and international labour laws; union pamphlet on the reform and development of the League of Nations; issues of the union review, Headway; a list of suggested articles for the International Peace Campaign, statement of their aims and an issue of their weekly bulletin; notes by [?] WSC on the International Peace Campaign; declaration of the union's aims, particularly the obligation of League members to prevent aggression; extract from Hansard of a speech by WSC in 1934 on the League as a mainstay of peace; notes and copies of correspondence by WSC and Violet Pearman [Secretary to WSC].


  • Creation: 03 Apr 1936 - 02 Dec 1936

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