Thursday, January 30, 2014

Winston Churchill's Thoughts 1919-1933 Part II

The following quotes are from Winston Churchill's The Gathering Storm, first volume of a six volume set of The Second World War.

"I must regard these volumes of The Second World War as a continuation of the story of the First World War which I set out in The World Crisis, The Eastern Front, and The Aftermath. Together, if the present work is completed, they will cover an account of another Thirty Years' War." (preface, piii)

"Moral of the Work
In War: Resolution
In Defeat: Defiance
In Victory: Magnanimity
In Peace: Good Will" (page between preface and chapter 1)

"Theme of the Volume: How the English-speaking peoples through their unwisdom, carelessness, and good nature allowed the wicked to ream." (page between preface and chapter 1)

Book One
From War to War

"When Marshal Foch heard of the signing of the Peace Treaty of Versailles he observed with singular accuracy: 'This is not Peace. it is an Armistice for twenty years.'" (chapter 1 The Follies of the Victors, 1919-1929, p7)

"It is my purpose, as one who lived and acted in these days, first to show how easily the tragedy of the Second World War could have been prevented..." (chapter 1 The Follies of the Victors, 1919-1929, p18)

"To me the aim of ending the thousand-year strife between France and Germany seemed a supreme object. If we could only weave Gaul and Teuton so closely together economically, socially, and morally as to prevent the occasion of new quarrels, and make old antagonisms die in the realisation of mutual prosperity and interdependence, Europe would rise again." (chapter 2 Peace at Its Zenith, p28)

"In reviewing again the history of the eight years from 1930 to 1938, we can see how much time we had. Up til 1934 at least, German rearmament could have been prevented without the loss of a single life." (chapter 3 Lurking Dangers, p51)

"I viewed this attack upon the French armed forces and the attempt to establish equality between Germany and France with strong aversion; and on March 23, 1933, I had the opportunity of saying to Parliament: I doubt the wisdom of pressing this plan upon France at the present time. I do not think the French will agree. They must be greatly concerned at what is taking place in Germany, as well as at the attitude of some others of their neighbours. I dare say that during this anxious month there are a good many people who have said to themselves, as I have been saying for several years: 'Thank God for the French Army.' When we read about Germany, when we watch with surprise and distress the tumultuous insurgence of ferocity and war spirit, the pitiless ill-treatment of minorities, the denial of the normal protections of civilised society, the persecution of large numbers of individuals solely on the ground of race-when we see all that occurring in one of the most gifted, learned, and scientific and formidable nations in the world, one cannot help feeling glad that the fierce passions that are raging in Germany have not yet found any other outlet but upon themselves. It seems to me that at a moment like this to ask France to halve her Army while Germany doubles hers, to ask France to halve her air force while the German air force remains whatever it is, is a proposal likely to be considered by the French Government, at present at any rate, as somewhat unseasonable." (chapter 5 The Locust Years, p75)

" surely should we see ourselves within a measureable distance of the renewal of the general European war...France is not only the sole great surviving democracy in Europe; she is also the strongest military power." (chapter 5 The Locust Years, a speech given in April, p76)

"I always wanted England, Germany, and France to be friends." (chapter 5, The Locust years, p83)

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