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The Abdication of Edward VIII: A Record with All the Published Documents
The Abdication of Edward VIII A Record with All the Published Documents Author:J. Lincoln White The public announcement of the crisis, which culminated in the abdication of King Edward VIII and the Accession to the Throne of his bother the Duke of York, now George VI, sent a shock of surprise through the vast majority of the subjects of the Crown in Great Britain and the Empire. — During the hectic days that followed events moved with bewil... more »dering swiftness and the facts, as they emerged, were grossly distorted by rumour. The press was uncertain what attitude to adopt and this uncertainty, reflected daily in leading articles and presentation of news, did much to add to the confusion.
The aim of this book is to give a clear, detached, orderly account of all that happened. It reproduces all published documents and recoded speeches [as of December 1936], from the Bishop of Bradford's address to the ex-King's farewell and the new King's message to his people. It discusses the various constitutional issues involved. One of the most interesting features is its analysis and comparison of the mass of newspaper comment and opinion.
It is, in fact, history, taken at first hand from the sources on which historians of the future will base their accounts. The issues raised by the events in England during December, 1936, are too urgent, too far-reaching for interest in them to lapse after the manner of a nine days' wonder. This book, which makes instantly available the facts in their true order and proportion - facts, which until later histories come to be written, will remain buried in the back files of newpapers - performs a public service.« less