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Churchills attitudes towards empire was the main reason why he was out of office 1929-40. How far do you agree?

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Transfer-Encoding: chunked ?Churchill?s attitudes towards empire was the main reason why he was out of office 1929-40.? How far do you agree? I firmly agree with the statement that Churchill's views and attitudes toward empire was the most significant factor that had caused him being out of office. Churchill had detested Gandhi and the Indian Nationalist Movement, which made him out of touch with mainstream politics. During the 1930's India became less beneficial for Britain. This was the spark that encouraged politicians to grant internal validity, which was a small political power given to India. Churchill reaction to the government of India Act was displeased. He strongly believed in the white man burden. This meant that Churchill viewed people that are not white to be uncivilised and not able to govern themselves. ...read more.


Churchill views of wanting India to stay as 'the jewel in the crown' had contrasted with the government because he was the figurehead of a very determined opposition to change in India. Furthermore, highlighting that Churchill views and attitudes to empire had caused him to be out of office due to being out of touch with mainstream politics, which was at the time in favour of Indian independence. Churchill prediction of German expansion as a threat to peace in Europe was a minor cause of him being out of office in 1929-40. In 1934, parliament had ignored Churchill accusations about the German threat because at that time appeasement was more favoured than a rearmament programme. The First World War had a dramatic effect on the British public and they did not desire entering another total war. ...read more.


However, it can be argued that it was his vocal opposition to Hitler?s new Nazi dictatorship in Germany, and his calls for British rearmament, that gradually brought him back to public notice. Initially it was a message that few wanted to hear, but after the Munich Crisis of 1938 and the German occupation of Czechoslovakia there was a growing consensus that he was right. Churchill resistance to the 1936 abdication of King Edward VIII had a minor affect him being out of office. Churchill publicly gave his support to the King and he had also begged the King not to act hastily and abdicate. Churchill supporting the king with his usual passion and became so ostracised for doing that he suffered. He was humiliated in the House of Commons. This had crushed his hope of returning to power and influence were shattered. If it wasn?t for the war, Churchill would never have the chance to return to parliament and held office. ...read more.

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