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Death of Neville Chamberlain

Posted in Anniversary, History, World War 2 on Friday, 29 October 2010

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Neville Chamberlain and Adolf Hitler sign the Munich Agreement. Illustration by Angus McBride

9 November marks the anniversary of the death of Neville Chamberlain in 1940. Chamberlain, born in Edgbaston, Birmingham, in 1869, successfully stood as a Liberal Unionist for the Birmingham City Council in 1900. He stood for Parliament in the elections held after World War I and became Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1923-24 and again in 1931-37. He became Prime Minister with the resignation of Stanley Baldwin in 1936.

Chamberlain is best known for his negotiations with Hitler and the signing of the Munich agreement in 1938 which he believed would deliver “peace for our time”. The agreement proved to be worthless and Chamberlain stood down in May 1940. He died shortly after, aged 71.

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