While England Slept

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While England Slept; a Survey of World Affairs, 1932-1938
Author Winston Churchill
Original title Arms and the Covenant
Country United Kingdom
Subject Great Britain--Foreign relations--20th century; Europe--Politics and government--1918-1945; Germany--Politics and government--1933-1945; Disarmament; Security, International
Published 1938 (George G. Harrap)
Pages 465
OCLC 470130900
LC Class DA566.7 .C53

While England Slept; a Survey of World Affairs, 1932-1938 is a 1938 non-fiction book written by Winston Churchill. It was originally published in England as Arms and the Covenant; While England Slept is the U.S. title.[1] It highlighted the United Kingdom's lack of military preparation to face the threat of Nazi Germany's expansion. It attacked the current policies of the UK government, led by his fellow Conservative Neville Chamberlain. It galvanised many of his supporters, and built up public opposition to the Munich Agreement.

John F. Kennedy was inspired by the book's title when publishing his thesis, which he wrote during his senior year at Harvard University, and in which he examined the reasons for the UK's lack of preparation. Originally titled "Appeasement in Munich," it was titled "Why England Slept" upon its 1940 publication.


  1. ^ "Arms and the Covenant" (PDF). Churchill at Chartwell. Chartwell Booksellers. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 

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