Sub-fonds B. - Peace Movements and International Affairs,

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Peace Movements and International Affairs,


  • 1917-1956. (Creation)

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91 large boxes and 15 small boxes.

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The New Commonwealth was a voluntary society established to promote international peace through an Equity Tribunal and International Police Force. Founded, and to a great extend funded, by Lord Davies of Llandinam the organisation had it's headquarters at Thorney house in London and published a journal and various books and pamphlets promoting its ideas. Membership was international. The New Commonwealth was wound up in 1954.

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Records relating to various peace movements. They include correspondence and papers, 1920-34, relating to the establishment of the League of Nations Union (Wales) and its development up to 1934; various memoranda and policy documents, minutes of various committees and sub-committees, papers concerning the organisation of conferences and meetings, monthly reports, and lists of local branches, their officials and their activities; correspondence, printed material (including some press cuttings), 1935-44, relating to the work and activities of the League of Nations Union (Wales), especially its council; correspondence and papers, 1917-49, concerning the New Europe Society, League of Free Nations, and the League of Nations Union; various papers, 1937-54, relating to the League of Nations Union and similar bodies and organisations, including the agenda and minutes of its Welsh National Council, and various committees and sub-committees, memoranda and reports, circulars and circular correspondence, and newsletters; documents, 1922-39, concerning the background to the establishment of the New Commonwealth, its administrative records, 1932-56, related papers and memoranda, 1929-56, extensive files of correspondence concerning its administration, activities, especially its expansion abroad, 1932-54; documents relating to early atomic energy initiatives, 1945-48; correspondence and papers, 1942-51, relating to the various campaigns to secure federalist solutions and a system of world government, New Commonwealth publications.

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Arranged as follows: League of Nations Union (Wales); early peace movements, including the New Europe Society, the League of Free Nations, and the League of Nations Union); League of Nations Union; peace movements, 1937-54; New Commonwealth Society; atomic energy; federalism and world government, New Commonwealth publications.

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Preferred citation: B.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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