Registration continues for the 2018 International Churchill Conference, which will be held in Virginia’s Colonial Williamsburg next November 9–11. This year’s theme will be “Churchill: Walking with Destiny” and will feature several new and returning faces. After the opening reception on Friday evening, there will be a candlelight tour of the beautiful capitol building, which is included free for all Blenheim package ticket holders. Please click here to register for your place at the conference.
Bulletin #118 – Apr 2018
Felix Klos, Churchill’s Last Stand: The Struggle to Unite Europe, I. B. Tauris, 2017, 288 pages, $35. ISBN 978–1784538132
Review by ROBERT COURTS MP
Before the 2016 referendum, both “Leave” and “Remain” sought to win Winston Churchill to their cause. Leavers relied on the famous Saturday Evening Post article from 1930: “We have our own dream and our own task. We are with Europe, but not of it. We are linked, but not comprised. We are interested and associated, but not absorbed.” Remainers reject this, arguing that Churchill’s views changed over the following fifteen years. They focus instead on the speeches from Zurich onwards during the late 1940s. Just before the 2016 referendum, the publisher of this book by Felix Klos released a shortened version dealing only with those “European Movement” days and badged it “the must read book of the referendum.” Published more than a year later, this full-length edition is engaging, well written, and well researched. Klos shows that both sides take too simplistic a view, whilst revealing Churchill’s thinking on “Europe” in more detail than ever before—but perhaps not quite in the way the author intends. Read More >
The 2018 Churchill Fellows Weekend took place March 24–25 at the National Churchill Museum on the campus of Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. Fellows and guests gathered in the historic Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury (which was designed by Sir Christopher Wren, destroyed in the Blitz, and reconstructed on the Westminster campus fifty years ago), to listen to the annual Enid and R. Crosby Kemper Lecture, delivered this year by His Excellency Ron Dermer, the Israeli Ambassador to the United States, who spoke on “Churchill and Israel.” Read More >
Lewis E. Lehrman, Lincoln & Churchill: Statesmen at War, Stackpole Books, 2018, 526 pages, $34.95. ISBN: 978–0811719674
Review by ROBERT A. MCLAIN
Lewis Lehrman has produced a wonderfully rendered comparison of two very different statesmen. Indeed, while the author’s recent Churchill, Roosevelt & Company related the statecraft of two closely intertwined war leaders, the juxtaposition of Lincoln and Churchill would seem a stretch, until now. Lehrman quickly points out the radically different backgrounds and personality traits of the president and the prime minister, yet he also suggests compelling historical parallels. Both leaders guided their countries to victory through essentially existential crises unprecedented in scope, the American Civil War and the Second World War. Lehrman also notes that the modest and unassuming Lincoln served as Commander-in-Chief of an army that exceeded two million men, one of the largest in history to that point, while Churchill refused to yield even as the British Empire and Commonwealth, vast but impecunious and poorly equipped, faced Hitler’s might with no outside aid following the fall of France.
Last month, the Churchill Society of Tennessee held a highly successful conference that drew attendees from across North America and Britain. This excellent example of what the local chapters of ICS are doing will continue next month with the annual dinner of ICS Canada. Read More >
By BRIAN KRAPF
This month’s Churchilliana features one of the most famous symbols of the Second World War. The V for Victory is closely identified with Winston Churchill. During the war, it was not uncommon for him to flash the V sign. The symbol soon found its way onto buttons, posters, and other wartime homefront propaganda. Today it survives as an immediately recognized symbol of Churchill and the war. Read More >