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Europe Unite

by Winston S. Churchill

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London: Cassell and Company Ltd., 1950. First edition, only printing. Hardcover. This is a jacketed copy of the British first edition, only printing of the second of Churchill's five postwar speech volumes. Condition is near fine plus in a very good plus dust jacket. The green cloth binding is square and tight with bright spine gilt and no appreciable wear. The contents are notably clean, with no spotting and clean page edges that show only mild age-toning. The sole previous ownership mark is a decorative bookplate affixed to the front pastedown. The dust jacket is unclipped, retaining the publisher’s original price on the lower front flap, and complete apart from a hint of fractional loss at the spine head. Wear is minimal, confined to the spine head, corners, and a 1.25 inch closed tear at the upper rear hinge. What prevents our grading this jacket as near fine is age-toning to the white rear panel, which is only lightly soiled. The dust jacket is protected beneath a removable, archival quality clear cover. Europe Unite includes 52 speeches spanning January 1947 to December 1948. Having done so much to win the war, Churchill faced frustration of his postwar plans when his wartime government fell to Labour in the General Election of July 1945. Europe Unite reflects Churchill's position as then-Leader of the Opposition, and many of the speeches contain both domestic and foreign policy indictments of Clement Attlee's Labour Government. Nonetheless, the title is rooted in Churchill's 7 May 1948 speech to the Congress of Europe. Churchill was an early, ardent, and vital advocate of pan-European integration. This and earlier speeches lent impetus to what would eventually become the European Union. As ardent an advocate as Churchill was of Britain, and though his rhetoric and sentiments could ascend inspiring heights, Churchill had been a soldier, a war leader, a politician and a statesman and as such, could not fail to be a realist. Postwar Britain was diminished economically, militarily, and territorially. As Randolph Churchill said in his introduction to the book, Britain's "place in the world can only be regained" in part by "assumption by Britain of a leading role in promoting the unity of Europe." The movement toward European integration would continue to prevail. So would Churchill. During the election of February 1950 - the month this book was published - Churchill polled more than 37,000 votes, double that of his challenger. Labour's majority was reduced to six, and when Prime Minister Clement Attlee called another election in October 1951 the Conservatives won 321 seats to Labour’s 295, returning Churchill to Downing Street at the age of 76. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A246.1, Woods/ICS A128(a), Langworth p.296

  • Bookseller: Churchill Book Collector US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 003060
  • Title: Europe Unite
  • Author: Winston S. Churchill
  • Format/binding:Hardcover
  • Book condition: Used
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: First edition, only printing
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Cassell and Company Ltd.
  • Place: London
  • Date published: 1950


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