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1935 Peace Ballot (Welsh League of Nations Union)

This collection draws together leaflets, voting forms, campaigner bulletins, articles and analysis by the Welsh League of Nations Union for the 1935 Peace Ballot - a national canvass of public opinion on Peace in the context of the then-escalating European Arms Race. Although the Peace Ballot was an initiative by the UK League of Nations Union, Wales set out explicitly to 'lead the way' and 'top the polls,' to demonstrate the strength of feeling in favour of peace, 16 years after the end of WW1.

“In total, 1,025,040 people in Wales voted in the Peace Ballot – 62.3% of eligible registered voters” - a remarkable achievement for an entirely voluntary-run canvass, independent of political party machines.

The bulletins gave a detailed breakdown of progress on the Ballot, returns from each county of Wales (with comparisons to England), and analysis / encouragement from key figures in Wales' Peace movements.

This bulletins in particular carried both motivational 'Opinion Pieces' from leaders of Wales Peace movements, such as Gwilym Davies and David Davies; and in depth analysis of the returns received from constituencies all over Wales

The later bulletins and introduction of 'YMLAEN / ONWARD' newsletter, explore implications of the results for Wales' peace building movements, and impact upon domestic and international political affairs - in particular, the meeting of the 1936 League of Nations in Geneva, which was regarded as a failure on the part of national governments.

A poster graphic illustrates the UK-wide results, and Wales' leading place within the polls - with 5 of the top 10 constituency returns being Anglesey, Aberdare, Swansea East, Rhondda West and Merthyr Tydfil.

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1935 Peace Ballot - Peace or War? Booklet for...

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1935 Peace Ballot - Canvassers Guide

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Cymru a Chynghrair y Cenhedloedd 1934-1935

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Yr Eglwysi (Cymreig) a Chynghrair y Cenhedloedd...

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1935 Peace Ballot - Bulletin 2, Jan 22nd 1935:...

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1935 Peace Ballot - Bulletin 3, Feb 6th 1935:...

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1935 Peace Ballot - Bulletin 4, March 9th 1935:...

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1935 Peace Ballot - Bulletin 5, April 9th 1935:...

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1935 Peace Ballot - Bulletin 6, June 7th 1935: ...

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1935 Peace Ballot - Bulletin 7, October 1935 ...

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1935 Peace Ballot - Bulletin 9, May 30 1936 ...

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Lord David Davies of Llandinam: Bust displayed...

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