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  • 8/13/2019 Why Study Winston Churchill


    Why Study Winston Churchill?

    Presented by Scott Manning

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    Why Study Winston Churchill?

    This presentation will cover the following topics:

    Why most of us remember Churchill

    An overview of Churchill's life, political, and writing career

    A closer work at some of Churchill's words

    How recent leaders saw Churchill

    Studying Churchill

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    When Churchill died...

    Great Britain held a state

    funeral for Churchill.

    oIt was the last such funeral

    for someone outside the

    royal family.

    More than 300,000 people

    walked past Churchill's


    oReagan had 200,000.

    What made Great Britain mourn this man?

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    Why Churchill is Remembered Today

    Churchill is best known for his words and leadership of Great

    Britain during World War II.

    May 13, 1940 - "Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat"

    June 4, 1940 - "We will fight on the beaches"

    October 29, 1941 - "Never Give In!"

    Churchill's leadership during this time is what makes the world

    recognize him as great, but he was great before and after thistime.

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    Churchill's Life

    Born in 1874

    Died in 1965

    To understand the length of time Churchill's life covered,

    consider this:

    He was born 10 years after the American Civil War ended.

    He died the same year Malcolm X was assassinated.

    Now consider all the events that occurred within that timeperiod.

    Now consider that Churchill came onto the world stage at

    age 19 and never really left until he was dead.

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    Churchill's Political Career

    No British politician has come close to the career Churchill had

    which highlights include:

    62 years served as a member of Parliament

    Prime Minister (twice)Head of the Navy (twice)

    Head of the army and air force

    Secretary of State


    Head of the colonies

    Head of war supplies

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    Churchill's Writing Career

    Churchill wrote 43 books on a wide variety of topics:

    Various memoirs and histories of wars including the World


    A History of the English-Speaking PeoplesHistories of his forefathers

    Political topics of the day

    For his six-volume series onWorld War II, Churchill was

    awarded the Nobel Prize for

    Literature in 1963.

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    Churchill's Words

    Churchill left us with memorable quotes that are used today.

    "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by

    so many to so few."

    "This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end.

    But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."

    "From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron

    curtain has descended across the Continent."

    Churchill has been quoted by political leaders such as BillClinton, Tony Blair, George W. Bush, Gordon Brown, and

    Barrack Obama.

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    How Recent Leaders Saw Churchill

    "Sir Winston stands unrivaled as the

    preeminent statesman of our century."

    "The English-speaking peoples whom

    he loved, and all who cherish freedom,owe a lasting debt to this superbly gifted

    man, who played such a vital role in

    leading the free world from the 'Gathering

    Storm' to its 'Finest Hour.'"

    President Ronald Reagan (1982)

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    How Recent Leaders Saw Churchill

    "Winston Churchill illustrates dramatically

    that whatever theory one espouses, a

    place has to be found for personality, for

    leadership, for individual drive and

    determination, for history has shownmany times that the fortunes of nations

    can be transformed, for good or ill, by the

    character and deeds of individuals."

    Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (1990)

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    How Recent Leaders Saw Churchill

    "We do not need a nation of Einsteins,

    but we do need a nation of Churchills - as

    principals, mayors, governors, running

    businesses that emphasize people

    development - visionaries who believe inthemselves and have the will and

    courage it takes to succeed."

    President Bill Clinton (1990)

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    How Recent Leaders Saw Churchill

    "Winston Churchill was a man of

    extraordinary personal gifts; yet his

    greatest strength was his unshakable

    confidence in the power and appeal of

    liberty. It was the great fortune ofmankind that he was there in an hour of


    President George W. Bush (2004)

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    Studying Churchill

    There is a vast amount of material by Churchill.

    43 books by Churchill, almost all of which are non-fiction

    Numerous articles and commentary found throughout



    Meeting Minutes

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    Studying Churchill continued

    Martin Gilbert has published the most material on Churchill.

    8 volume biography, the largest in history

    22 volumes of correspondence, meeting minutes, articles,

    speeches, and diary entries by people in Churchill's world

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    Studying Churchill continued

    8 volume set of complete speeches edited by Robert Rhodes


    Churchill Archives (http://www.chu.cam.ac.uk/archives/)

    The Churchill Centre (http://www.winstonchurchill.org/)

    Send comments and questions [email protected]



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