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Churchill: Hero or Villain?

A debate including Dr Andrew Roberts and Sir David Cannadine at the Jaipur Literature Festival

Dr Andrew Roberts, Sir David Cannadine, Shrabani Basu and Pavan Varma in conversation with Swapan Dasgupta at the Jaipur Literature Festival.

Was Churchill a genocidal maniac or was he a grand strategist making decisions on the allocation of scarce resources? Was he a forward-thinking, visionary statesman or a Victorian imperialist? Watch the debate and decide for yourself.

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BBC Archive: Churchill, the Man I Knew.

Voted by BBC viewers the greatest of all Britons in 2002, Winston Churchill remains a symbol of valiant defiance against adversity. Twice prime minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, he led the Allied forces towards their ‘finest hour’ and his funeral saw the largest gathering of world dignitaries ever assembled.

The state funeral of Winston Churchill is at the heart of this collection, which also includes personal memories of a man whose loss was deeply felt when he died, aged 90, on 24 January 1965. Each programme is a tribute to the man who claimed to have ‘nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat’.

Visit the BBC Archive website here.


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The International Churchill Society (ICS), founded in 1968 shortly after Churchill's death, is the world’s preeminent member organisation dedicated to preserving the historic legacy of Sir Winston Churchill.

At a time when leadership is challenged at every turn, that legacy looms larger and remains more relevant than ever.