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Britannia, Europa and Christendom: British Christians and by P. Coupland

By P. Coupland

Essentially the most the most important facets of Britain's fresh historical past is the nation's ambivalent dating to the remainder of Europe and the method of eu Integration. Britain has been divided from Europe through centuries of spiritual clash. This booklet unearths an immense element of this region of political tradition and its effect on international coverage. It examines the centrality of spiritual identities to the ambivalent attitudes of Britons towards their nation's position among continental Europe and the yankee superpower.

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Apart from the readership it received at home, The Church and the New Order was influential in America and among resistance groups in Germany. 105 The Rev. 106 As Paton outlined at their outset, the purpose of the discussions he initiated was to either draft an appeal to the Government to issue its own peace aims or for the Churches to issue their own statement. Given that it was only peace aims adopted by a state which could hope to be realised, the latter course of action was only an indirect way to the same end, by influencing public opinion.

83 The remit of the FRPS required it to perform three official functions. It was to produce a digest providing an analysis and interpretation of the foreign and commonwealth press. Originally circulated only among government departments, this material later became available to Fleet Street and to the RIIA. The second function, ‘Standing Orders and Enquiries from Government Departments’, entailed the FRPS answering enquiries on international affairs. These two functions relied on its third objective, the continuous research into the background of current international questions, including peace aims.

Following on from a suggestion ‘from America’, he sought to get Gerald Bailey or another leading federalist to represent that line of thinking at the conference on the international crisis that the WCC convened at the hotel Beau Séjour, near Geneva, in July 1939. 43 Although the reason is unclear, ultimately the British delegation consisted of ‘gun carrying’ Christians such as the Methodist Henry Carter, J. R. Matthews, backed-up by the expertise of Toynbee’s fellow academic and RIIA member, Sir Alfred Zimmern.

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