Headlines from History
The Minister and the Crown
Visitors Center Theater or Online Event
Saturday, May 28th
1:00 – 2:00pm
Free program, but registration is required.
Please note the speaker will not be present at Cantigny Park, should you choose to view the event in person, you will be watching the Zoom Live on property.
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The British abdication crisis of 1936 in which King Edward VIII abandoned the throne to marry the American divorcee Wallis Simpson was defined by the dialogue between the King and his prime minister, Stanley Baldwin. Baldwin spoke for the dominant morality of the day which would not tolerate the King marrying Mrs. Simpson and making her Queen. The King could not accept this, creating an impasse between him and the government. Baldwin did not flinch from confrontation but knew that his task was to limit damage and prevent a full-scale public conflict. For weeks, the two men maneuvered around each other until the King bowed to what seemed the inevitable. Only rarely has a major political crisis been shaped overwhelmingly by only two individuals and the choices they made.
MEET THE SPEAKER: After working as an investment analyst in London and Frankfurt Adrian Phillips returned to university to study history which had been a lifelong passion. His postgraduate thesis looked into the mechanisms of power at the top level of government and how major decisions can be taken far outside the regular democratic political process, hidden from public sight. He has put this understanding to full use in his books on the abdication (The King Who Had To Go) and appeasement (Fighting Churchill, Appeasing Hitler). He maintains a popular blog Eighty Years Ago This Week and regularly contributes on history for TV and radio shows.
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