I was a minister at the time of the Versailles Treaty and a close friend of Mr. Lloyd George, who was the head of the British delegation at Versailles. I did not myself agree with many things that were done, but I have a very strong impression in my mind of that situation, and I find it painful to contrast it with that which prevails now. In those days there were high hopes and unbounded confidence that the wars were over, and that the League of Nations would become all-powerful. I do not see or feel that same confidence or even the same hopes in the haggard world at the present time.
On the other hand I repulse the idea that a new war is inevitable; still more that it is imminent. It is because I am sure that our fortunes are still in our own hands and that we hold the power to save the future, that I feel the duty to speak out now that I have the occasion and the opportunity to do so.
—Winston Churchill “Sinews of Peace,” 5 March 1946, Fulton, Missouri
Two documents in the collection of the National Churchill Museum contrast Churchill’s feelings in the aftermath of the two world wars.
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Perfect Preparation: What Churchill Learned from the First World War
Winston Churchill famously wrote about his feelings on becoming prime minister in May 1940, “I felt as if I were walking with Destiny and that all my past life had been but a preparation for this hour and for this trial.”1 It was true, and no part of his life had been a better preparation than 1914–18.
War Lord in Training: Churchill And The Royal Navy During The First World War
Churchill’s contribution to naval affairs in the First World War is a polarizing topic. It divided people at the time and it remains a matter of sharply delineated opinions even now. The reasons for this are not difficult to spot. Although no decisive sea engagement was fought while Churchill was First Lord of the Admiralty, the opening ten months of the war were nevertheless eventful, and the operations that took place at that time appeared to highlight the worst aspects of Churchill’s character as a civilian naval leader. The reality is—inevitably—more complex, but a quick check of what went visibly wrong and what appeared to go right will illustrate the point.
The World Crisis Breeds New Publishing Relationships For Churchill
This is a behind-the-scenes article. It focuses not on the content of The World Crisis (which former Prime Minister A. J. Balfour described as “Winston’s brilliant Autobiography, disguised as a history of the universe”) but rather on how that multi-volume history of the Great War—Churchill’s twelfth work—came to be published in both the UK and the USA.
The Mistaken View of Churchill's First World War “Mistakes”
A common verdict on Churchill’s First World War is that he was the perpetrator of costly disasters, but that he learned from his mistakes. Consider this, from the Imperial War Museum’s website:
THE FULTON REPORT From the National Churchill Museum
High Hopes and Unbounded Confidence? The Aftermath of the Great Wars
November 11, 1918: The Hour of Deliverance
In his memoirs of the First World War published as The World Crisis, Winston Churchill vividly recalls the scene he witnessed at the moment the Armistice took effect.
Churchill's World Crisis
Today, whenever major political leaders come to the end of their careers, we have learned to expect an announcement at no distant point that a contract has been signed for the publication of their memoirs, with large advances mentioned.
Churchill's New Audience | # Armistice100
For the past four years, the centenary of the Great War, I have been managing social media content for the National World War I Museum of the United States in Kansas City, Missouri.
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The International Churchill Society's First Fifty Years
This is the 180th issue of Finest Hour. The operating budget for the first year of what became the International Churchill Society was $180. The first issue of the journal was sent out to the founding members—all twelve of them—in the spring of 1968 with a note that the title was only “temporary” until a better suggestion arose. Fifty years on, the current editor has determined that the cut-off date for suggestions has now passed.
SPYKE AND MIKE
SPYKE AND MIKE
Whoa, Nellie! If you missed it, you missed a whole lot of beautiful steel horses in one place. If you were there, you know that no words can totally convey what went down the stretch. I’m squawking about the Great American Motofest that ran at the Boss Hogg ranch.
LE RÉEL MERVEILLEUX
Jean-Michel Othoniel instills his work with sensory revelations plucked from the real world.
1942 CHURCHILL'S DARKEST HOUR
If 1940 was the year in which Winston Churchill's reputation was forged, 1942 was the one in which it was almost destroyed. Taylor Downing chronicles a terrible period for the prime minister - both on the battlefield and in the court of public opinion
'We will fight until the end, at sea, in the air. We will continue fighting for our land. We will fight in the forest, in the fields, on the shores, in the streets'. Zelenskiy invokes Winston Churchill in speech to MPS urging UK to help Ukraine
SHE SHOULD FOREVER BE KNOWN AS THE QUEEN OF QUEENS
At the start of June this year the country will witness one of the most extraordinary milestones in royal history.
Cong can join TMC alliance: Didi in Goa
“Khell zatlo.” West Bengal chief minister and TMC boss Mamata Banerjee fumbled while pronouncing the Konkani words for ‘khela hobe’, but she more than made up for it by tossing a football into the boisterous audience, who lapped up all of Banerjee’s theatrics on the stage and cheered.
'Cancelled' Patel critic seeks education minister's support
A Cambridge university academic has called on the universities minister to defend her freedom of speech, after a claim that her invitation to speak to civil servants was cancelled because of a tweet criticising Priti Patel, the home secretary.
Never in the field of human conflict were so many thoroughly @£!&ed off by so few
THICK-AS-CUSTARD M25 PROTESTERS NOW CLAIM THEY ARE LIKE, AHEM, WINSTON CHURCHILL. WHINY’S NO WINNIE. Eco crusties ‘like Churchill’. Fails debate on M25 stunts.Storms off just like Piers
If you find Churchill offensive why work for his charity?
‘Mrs Pankhurst stood up for the Empire – a cardinal sin today’