Writings and speeches
The anthology contained in this essay includes twenty writings and speeches by Lothian and is divided into two sections. The first traces his original political-ideological path: from his long collaboration with the magazine «The Round Table», which has its roots in his initial South African experience within the «Kindergarten», to his speeches held at Chatham House in London in November 1928 and at the Institut für Auswärtige Politik of Hamburg in October 1929; it also covers the years he spent as Private Secretary to the British Prime Minister, David Lloyd George. The second section focuses on his best-known writings, dating back to the second half of the 1930s – namely Pacifism is not Enough, National Sovereignty and Peace and The Demonic Influence of National Sovereignty – ending with some addresses he delivered as British Ambassador to Washington. In addition there are some significant letters that are part of the extensive correspondence Lothian had with statesmen and federalist intellectuals (Lloyd George, Winston Churchill, Lionel Curtis and Anthony Eden), which enrich the entire collection.
About the author
Claudio Giulio Anta is a researcher specialising in the history of political thought and political institutions. He collaborates with the Department of Political and Social Studies at Pavia University. His books include Il rilancio dell’Europa. Il progetto di Jacques Delors, Milan, 2004; Padri dell’Europa. Sette brevi ritratti, Milan, 2005 (whose French translation was published by P.I.E. Peter Lang in 2007); Winston Churchill e l’idea dell’Europa unita, Milan, 2007; The Europeanism of Winston Churchill, Rome, 2009; and Guerra alla guerra. La lezione di Coenobium, Rome, 2010 (whose French translation was published by P.I.E Peter Lang in 2012).
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