Introduction A Total and Unmitigated Defeat was a speech by Winston Churchill in the House of Commons at Westminster on Wednesday 05 October 1938, the third day of the Munich Agreement debate. Signed five days earlier by Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, the agreement met the demands of Nazi Germany in respect of the Czechoslovak region… Read More
What was Peace for Our Time?
Introduction “Peace for our time” was a declaration made by British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain in his 30 September 1938 remarks in London concerning the Munich Agreement and the subsequent Anglo-German Declaration. The phrase echoed Benjamin Disraeli, who, upon returning from the Congress of Berlin in 1878, had stated, “I have returned from Germany with… Read More
Peace with Honour…
“This is the second time in our history that there has come back from Germany to Downing Street peace with honour. I believe it is peace for our time.” Neville Chamberlain (1869 to 1940) As Minister of Health, he introduced the Local Government Act of 1929 reforming the Poor Law, effectively laying the foundations of… Read More
War: Sympathy & Neighbours
“However much we may sympathise with a small nation confronted by a big and powerful neighbour, we cannot in all circumstances undertake to involve the whole British Empire in a war simply on her account. If we have to fight it must be on larger issues than that…” Neville Chamberlain (1869 to 1940) Talking as… Read More
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