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HG Wells on his 'World peace' broadcast of 1929

Wells reassures the BBC that his broadcast will be objective.

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Document Type | Letter

20 June 1929

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1929

Synopsis

HG Wells reassures the BBC that 'God and King shall be omitted' from his forthcoming broadcast about world peace. He does, however, claim for himself the freedom to criticise the recent Kellogg-Briand Pact.

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The Kellogg-Briand Pact was a multilateral agreement made in 1928 and eventually signed by 62 countries including Germany. It was meant to renounce the use of war as an instrument of national policy, but its weakness lay in the fact that it made no provision for dealing with any countries that acted against it. One of the chief architects of the pact, US Secretary of State Frank B Kellogg, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1929.

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