Sir Winston Churchill Remarks on the Failures of the League of Nations

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Source:
NBC News
Creator:
N/A
Event Date:
03/31/1949
Air/Publish Date:
03/31/1949
Resource Type:
Video Speech
Copyright:
NBCUniversal Media, LLC.
Copyright Date:
1949
Clip Length:
00:01:22

Description

Winston Churchill discusses the failure of the Treaty after World War I to treat Germany fairly. It was this failure that led to World War II.

Citation

MLA

"Sir Winston Churchill Remarks on the Failures of the League of Nations." NBC News. NBCUniversal Media. 31 Mar. 1949. NBC Learn. Web. 20 January 2015.

APA

(1949, March 31). Sir Winston Churchill Remarks on the Failures of the League of Nations. [Television series episode]. NBC News. Retrieved from https://archives.nbclearn.com/portal/site/k-12/browse/?cuecard=909

CHICAGO MANUAL OF STYLE

"Sir Winston Churchill Remarks on the Failures of the League of Nations" NBC News, New York, NY: NBC Universal, 03/31/1949. Accessed Tue Jan 20 2015 from NBC Learn: https://archives.nbclearn.com/portal/site/k-12/browse/?cuecard=909

Transcript

Sir Winston Churchill Remarks on the Failures of the League of Nations

SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL: Nevertheless the statesmen at Versailles, largely at the inspiration of President Wilson, an inspiration implemented effectively by British thought, created the League of Nations. This is their defense before history, and had the League been resolutely sustained and used, it would have saved us all. This was not to be. Another ordeal even more appalling than the first lay before us. Even when so much else had failed we could have obtained a prolonged peace, lasting all our lives at least, simply by keeping Germany disarmed in accordance with the Treaty, and by treating her with justice and magnanimity. This latter condition was very nearly achieved at Locarno in 1925, but the failure to enforce the disarmament clauses and above all to sustain the League of Nations, both of which purposes could easily have been accomplished, brought upon us the Second World War.