Churchill and Company : Allies and Rivals in War and Peace
Winston Churchill is one of the dominating figures of the 20th century. In this stimulating and original book, David Dilks presents Churchill, not only as a war leader and international statesman, but also as a private person with a rich variety of friendships and rivalries. New and penetrating light is directed on Churchill during World War II. This was a period of dramatic relationships: conflicts with General de Gaulle in contrast with respect and affection for Roosevelt (feelings not entirely reciprocated by the American president). In the post-war era, relations with Stalin, and precoccupation with the Soviet Union and the Cold War all dominated Churchill's subsequent career, a time when he was able to renew his working relationship with his wartime colleague General - now President - Eisenhower. Whether in or out of office, Churchill's influence was felt in all areas of British politics. David Dilks brings Churchill vividly to life for all those interested in modern British, military and international history.
- Hardback | 352 pages
- 158 x 226 x 28mm | 621.42g
- 27 Nov 2012
- I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
- London, United Kingdom
- 8 integrated bw illustrations
Table of contents
List of Abbreviations Preface 1. Churchill Up and Churchill Down: Politics and the Art of the Impossible 2. Great Britain, the Commonwealth and the Wider World 1939-1945 3. An Affair of the Heart: Churchill and France 4. Rights, Wrongs and Rivalries: Britain and France in 1945 5. Churchill, Eden and Stalin 6. Epic and Tragedy: Britain and Poland 1941-1945 7. The Bitter Fruit of Victory: Churchill and an Unthinkable Operation, 1945 8. The Solitary Pilgrimage: Churchill and the Russians 1951-1955 9. 'Historians are Dangerous': Churchill, Chamberlain and Some Others Principal Characters Select Bibliography
David Dilks is more than a pre-eminent historian of Churchill. For decades he has known friends and colleagues of Churchill and has a comprehensive grasp of the literature. His tempered view encompasses Churchill occasionally as a domineering bully, and sometimes as a despondent politician, but almost always as a buoyant, inspiring and high-spirited personality with creative imagination and energy of mind as well as body. Churchill and Company offers fresh and original insight into the most remarkable statesman of the twentieth century. - Wm. Roger Louis, Kerr Chair in English History and Culture and Distinguished Teaching Professor, University of Texas at Austin
About David Dilks
David Dilks was for more than 20 years Professor of International History at the University of Leeds, and then Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hull. He previously worked as research assistant to Sir Anthony Eden, Mr Harold Macmillan, Lord Tedder and others closely associated with Churchill, and served as President of the International Committee for the History of the Second World War from 1992 to 2000. He is the author of Curzon in India, Neville Chamberlain and "The Great Dominion": Winston Churchill in Canada 1900- 1954, and editor of The Diaries of Sir Alexander Cadogan.