Correspondence file, 1946-1947

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 GDN/338/2/111-170
  • Dates of Creation
      29 Dec 1946-9 Dec 1947
  • Physical Description
      59 pieces (64 sheets)

Scope and Content

Handwritten letters, copy letters, notes, and telegraphs exchanged between M. Philips Price, A.P. Wadsworth, J.M.D. Pringle, and the Foreign Office. One letter dated 29th December 1946 (GDN/338/2/111) is included.

Wadsworth and Philips Price discuss publication of Philips Price's articles on Russia for the Guardian as a pamphlet, in addition to the Soviet Union's relationship with the British press.

Philips Price also comments on political and economic events in Turkey and Persia (modern Iran), particularly as connected to the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company's field at Abadan, and discusses interactions with dignitaries including British Foreign Secretary [Ernest] Bevin and Shah Mahomet Ali, Prime Minister of Afghanistan.

Pieces GDN/338/2/125-165 relate to a tour taken of Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Greece by Philips Price as a special correspondent for the Guardian. Philips Price focuses his attention on a Cabinet crisis in Turkey, involving President [Ismet] Inön;ü; Turkish attitudes toward the Truman Doctrine and Marshall Plan; changes in Russian-claimed Kars, Ardahan, and Iranian Azerbaijan since Philips Price's last visit in 1915; the functionality of [Ahmad] Quavam's government in Teheran; labour conditions and industrial development in Ispahan and Abadan; British relations with Iraq following the Anglo-Egyptian dispute over the Sudan; and the living conditions of Kurdish populations in Iraq and Iran.

Dated from Taynton, Gloucester; the Guardian offices in Manchester; the Foreign Office, London; the House of Commons, London; Istanbul; Ankara; Tabriz; Teheran.