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Winston Churchill: Savior of the West, Part 3 ~ Jul 24, 7PM

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Winston Churchill: Savior of the West, Part 3: Finest Hour. In May 1940, Churchill became prime minister and was faced with the greatest crisis of his country since 1066. How did he win the Battle of Britain? Presented by Bruce Thompson, Ph.D., via live video stream with interactive Q&A. Friday, July 24, 2020, 7:00PM

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Winston Churchill: Savior of the West, Part 3: Finest Hour. In May 1940, Churchill became prime minister and was faced, within two weeks of assuming that office, with the greatest crisis in the history of his country since 1066: the imminent defeat of France, the probable annihilation of the British Expeditionary Force at Dunkirk, and the prospect of having to confront Hitler and the Nazi juggernaut alone, without allies.  At a time when nearly everyone else in the country was preoccupied with sheer survival, Churchill was already planning a new wartime alliance with America and total victory.  How did he succeed, first in thwarting Lord Halifax's attempt to initiate negotiations with Hitler, and then in inspiring his countrymen to resist Hitler with the greatest series of speeches in the history of the English language? How did he win the Battle of Britain, and persuade Franklin Roosevelt to support Britain in its darkest, but also its finest, hour? 

Presented by Bruce Thompson, Ph.D., via live video stream with interactive Q&A. Friday, July 24, 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.