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"The Grand Design", 07 May 1948

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 5/18/23-53

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Speech notes for WSC's speech (7 May, The Hague [The Netherlands]) at the Congress of Europe entitled "The grand design" including: the progress of European integration and support from the United States for the Marshall Plan; the origins of European unity and the “Grand Design” of King Henry IV of France; the importance of “forgetting the hatreds of the past”, of mutual economic and military aid, closer political unity and maintaining progress; the speech he made at Zurich [entitled "The tragedy of Europe" see CHUR 5/8]; welcome to the German delegation; reconstruction in Europe without rebuilding German military power; the Marshall Plan; the need to include states in the east and south-east of Europe; support from the United States for a United Europe; the need to aim for world unity including “the third gt [great] and equal power [the Soviet Union]” in spite of its “discordant attitude and policy”; the need to confront all forms of tyranny “Nazi and Communist” so that “we sh [shall] move together into a happier sunlit age…masters of all the science, the abundance and the glories of the future”. Top copy of WSC’s typescript speaking notes laid out in "psalm style" annotated in manuscript by WSC.


  • Creation: 07 May 1948

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