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The Abdication Crisis of 1936

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The Abdication Crisis of 1936

<p>When Edward VIII became King on the death of his father King George V in January 1936 he insisted that he should be able to marry Wallis Simpson a twice married American socialite. At the time

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When Edward VIII became King on the death of his father King George V in January 1936 he insisted that he should be able to marry Wallis Simpson a twice married American socialite. At the time Wallis Simpson was still married to her second husband. The new King’s decision to abdicate the throne in December 1936 plunged the nation and the British Empire into a constitutional crisis. In her recent work, That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor, Anne Ebba argues that Wallis is an entirely sympathetic and indeed tragic figure swept up in events beyond her control.


Many other commentators have portrayed her as a wanton adventuress undeserving of any sympathy or compassion. Historians and commentators vary widely in their assessments of the crisis and the questions raised by the abdication and its implications for the monarchy, the royal family itself, the government and for the empire. Did the King really have the freedom to marry Wallis? Would it have been constitutional? Would their marriage have been legal? What are the short term and longer term implications of the crisis? Students of the abdication are still pondering the answers to these confronting questions 80 years after the events.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Relationship of King Edward VIII and Wallis pre-1936
  • Events in 1936 leading to the abdication
  • Historians interpretations of the crisis
  • Immediate and longer term impact of the crisis over the next 80 years


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Discuss the main events and personalities involved in the 1936 crisis
  2. Evaluate the varying views of historians and commentators
  3. Develop an understanding of the immediate and longer term impact of the crisis in British history