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Politics in Review , Jan 1934-Aug 1939


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  • Creation: Jan 1934-Aug 1939

Language of Materials

  • English

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PUB 220/79-84

Biographical / Historical

Politics in Review superseded Gleanings and Memoranda from January 1934. A note in the final edition of Gleanings & Memoranda, December 1933, states: ‘It is proposed to issue, in the coming year, a quarterly reference magazine, entitled Politics in Review, which will contain all those features which have made Gleanings & Memoranda so valuable to students of politics. One of the advantages of a quarterly periodical is that it will enable problems to be treated in greater perspective and at the same time present a more complete picture of developments. Digests of Bills and summaries of Parliamentary proceedings and of important official publications will be included in this quarterly guide to political events.’ Politics in Review usually consisted of between 100-150 pages per issue.

Issue no. 1 (January 1934) included a foreword by Stanley Baldwin: ‘In welcoming the first issue of Politics in Review, I should like to take the opportunity of emphasising the importance of political education in the difficult circumstances of the present day…. It is here [the maintenance of an educated democracy against the challenges by Communism and Fascism] that Politics in Review has its special function. In itself it is not a propagandist publication. It does not appeal directly to the man in the street or the woman in the home. It has a different object, in that it provides writers and speakers with their material, and its purpose may be defined as to provide the ammunition – figures, facts and quotations – for those who are actively engaged in the political battle.

Politics in Review incorporated Gleanings and Memoranda, a publication which, over a period of years, has earned an enviable reputation for thoroughness and accuracy. I am confident that Politics in Review will not fall short of its predecessor in this respect, but will maintain throughout a consistent exactness and impartiality in its presentation of the facts of current politics. In so doing it will be rendering an essential service to the Conservative cause, and to the national and Imperial interests which that cause seeks to advance.

The educational value of Politics in Review will depend on the extent to which it is used by the active propagandists, and I hope, therefore, that it will be in wide demand throughout the whole organisation, from Members of Parliament to the local speakers, whose self-sacrificing work at small meetings up and down the country plays an invaluable part in the education of our electors.’

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Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom