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Speeches: speech notes and other material., 23 May 1938 - Nov 1938

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 9/132

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Notes for WSC's speech (23 May, Royal Forest Hotel, Chingford [Essex]) on international affairs and collective security, particularly the Sudeten problem in Czechoslovakia [later Czech Republic and Slovakia]. Also includes cutting from the Chingford Guardian reporting WSC's speech. Part published: Complete Speeches VI pp 5965-6.Notes for WSC's speech (31 May, Sheffield [Yorkshire] City Hall) on the German threat to Czechoslovakia and inadequacies in the British rearmament programme. Also includes press cutting on the speech. Published: Complete Speeches VI pp 5975-7.Cutting from the Birmingham Post on WSC's speech (2 June, League of Nations Union, Birmingham) entitled "Volcanic forces are moving in Europe" on collective security and the threat posed by the dictatorships in Japan, Italy and Germany. Part published: Complete Speeches VI p 5978.Notes for WSC's speech (2 July, [Chancellor's Address] University of Bristol) on his definition of "civilisation". Published: Complete Speeches VI pp 5990-1.Notes for WSC's speech (27 August, Theydon Bois [Essex, constituency meeting]) on German army manoeuvres and Czechoslovakia. Published: Complete Speeches VI pp 6001-2.Copies of press statements made by WSC at the time of the Munich [Germany] crisis: wishing Prime Minister [Neville Chamberlain] well [28 September]; entitled "Throwing a small state to the wolves" (21 September); and "One Last Peace Effort" (26 September). Part published: Complete Speeches VI p 6002-3.Notes for WSC's broadcast (16 October, [United States National Broadcasting Company]) entitled "The defence of freedom and peace" on the need for the democracies, including the United States, to unite against the dictatorships. Also includes a cutting from the Daily Telegraph reporting WSC's speech and printed copies of it; copy of Headway towards peace and freedom containing the text of WSC's speech and an article by him, "In truth and earnestness", on Britain taking a pivotal role in the international crisis. Published: Complete Speeches VI pp 6015-7. For more detailed description of a set of draft notes for the broadcast, see CHAR 9/132/94-110. Printed versions at CHAR 9/132/111 and CHAR 9/132/112-113. Proofs at CHAR 9/132/114-119.


  • Creation: 23 May 1938 - Nov 1938

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