Winston Churchill: Savior of the West, Part 1: Early Triumphs and Two Disasters. Parliament election, 1900; Dardanelles campaign failure, 1915; War Cabinet comeback, 1917; Great Depression missteps, 1930. Presented by Bruce Thompson, Ph.D., via live video stream with interactive Q&A. Friday, July 10, 2020, 7:00PM
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Winston Churchill: Savior of the West, Part 1: Early Triumphs and Two Disasters. Churchill's ascent to political power was meteoric: the author of five books by the age of 25, elected to Parliament in 1900, initially as a Conservative, he defected to the Liberals in 1904. In H. H. Asquith's Liberal government, he served as President of the Board of Trade, Home Secretary, and First Lord of the Admiralty. With David Lloyd-George, he helped to create the first modern system of social security in Britain. Then came the fall: his stewardship of the failed Dardanelles campaign, in 1915. That disaster nearly finished him politically and broke him psychologically. But he staged a comeback, thanks to Lloyd George, returning to the War Cabinet as Minister of Munitions in 1917. More high offices, including Secretary of State for Colonies, followed during the early 1920s, and then, after he returned to the Conservative Party in 1924, another disaster: as Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1926, Churchill returned Britain to the Gold Standard, initiating a series of economic setbacks that eventually culminated in the Great Depression.
Presented by Bruce Thompson, Ph.D., via live video stream with interactive Q&A. Friday, July 10, 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.