Public Opinion in 1930s

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  • Public Opinion in the 1930s
    • 'Ghost of WW1'
      • Many civilians and politicians lost relatives
    • 1935 Election - Baldwin spoke of peace and prosperity
    • Strong pacifist movement
    • Peace = recovery of trade and economy
    • East Fulham By-Election (September 1933) - Labour won by 5,000 votes
    • 1931 - League of Nations Union had 400,000 members
    • February 1933 - Oxford Union - 'this house will not stand for King and country' - 257:153 votes
    • 1936 - Peace Pledge Union had 100,000 renunciations of war from young men
    • Public opinion can be fickle, therefore the government doesn't always listen:
      • Abyssinian Crisis 1935-6: Public wanted government to stop Italy
      • Spanish civil War (1936-9): public eanted government to help republicans
    • Guernica (1937) 'the bomber will always get through'
    • Peace Ballot 1935 - 90% for international reduction of arms _ ban on production

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