Winston Churchill

Great Lives Lecture Series: Winston Churchill

Cover to The Last Lion by William Manchester

The University of Mary Washington's 2013 Chappell Great Lives Lecture Series continues on Thursday, March 19, with a lecture on Winston Churchill by Jeremy Black, author of Rethinking Military History and War and the World: Military Power and the Fate of Continents, 1450-2000.

"Winston Churchill was, by any standards, one of the greatest lives of the 20th century.  During his half-century career as a military and political leader in Great Britain, Churchill endured numerous vicissitudes and controversies, reaching his zenith as Prime Minister during World War II.  His steadfastness in the face of Nazi aggression made him a heroic figure, not only in England, but in the United States, where he became the first person to ever be made an honorary citizen.  Jeremy Black’s lecture will focus on Churchill as wartime leader and will emphasize the role of the individual and the extent to which the outcome of WWII was far from inevitable.  He will also discuss Churchill in light of the complexities of a late imperial figure surviving into the age of the Cold War."
 
Find out more about this lecture on the University of Mary Washington's web site.
 
All lectures in the university's Great Lives series are held at 7:30pm, in Dodd Auditorium, George
Washington Hall, and are free and open to the public.
 
For more on this topic, check out these items from the library:

Churchill by Paul Johnson (book and audiobook)
Acclaimed historian Paul Johnson shows how Churchill's immense adaptability combined with his natural pugnacity to make him a formidable leader for the better part of a century. Rich with anecdote and quotation, Johnson's narrative illustrates the British statesman's humor, resilience, courage, and eccentricity.  (catalog summary)

Dreamers of the Day 

Mary Doria Russell

"A forty-year-old schoolteacher from Ohio still reeling from the tragedies of the Great War and the influenza epidemic comes into a modest inheritance that allows her to take the trip of a lifetime to Egypt and the Holy Land. Arriving at the Semiramis Hotel, site of the 1921 Cairo Peace Conference, she meets Winston Churchill, T. E. Lawrence, and Lady Gertrude Bell. With her plainspoken American opinions, she becomes a sounding board for these historic luminaries who will, in the space of a few days, invent the nations of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, and Jordan.

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