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Winston Churchill: Savior of the West, Part 4 ~ Jul 31, 7PM

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Winston Churchill: Savior of the West, Part 4: Hinge of Fate. How did Churchill fare as Britain's wartime leader? How did he relate to Britain's allies and prepare the West for the Cold War he saw on the horizon?  Presented by Bruce Thompson, Ph.D., via live video stream with interactive Q&A. Friday, July 31, 2020, 7:00PM

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Winston Churchill: Savior of the West, Part 4: Hinge of Fate. How did Churchill fare as Britain's wartime leader?  What had he learned from a long career in which his blunders were at least as salient as his successes?  As both the Prime Minister and the Minister of Defense, how did he manage his generals and admirals, deploy the unprecedented bonanza of codebreaking intelligence from Bletchley Park, contribute to the victory over Rommel in North Africa, preside over the defeat of the U-boat menace in the Battle of the Atlantic, and conduct relations with Britain's allies, the United States, and the Soviet Union?  And how did he prepare the West for the Cold War that he saw on the horizon as early as his famous "Iron Curtain" speech in 1946?

Presented by Bruce Thompson, Ph.D., via live video stream with interactive Q&A. Friday, July 31, 2020, 7:00PM

Bruce Thompson is a lecturer in the Departments of History and Literature and the Associate Director of Jewish Studies at U.C.-Santa Cruz. He received his Ph.D. in History from Stanford; his areas of scholarly research include European intellectual and cultural history, French history, British Isles history, American Jewish intellectual and cultural history, the history of cinema, and the history of espionage.