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Christopher Catherwood - Author

About the Author

Christopher Catherwood is a writer and historian based in Cambridge. He has taught at the University of Cambridge and the University of Richmond, Virginia. An expert on Winston Churchill, his previous books include the bestseller Winston's Folly.

Featured books by Christopher Catherwood

World War II A Beginner's Guide

World War II A Beginner's Guide

Author: Christopher Catherwood Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/08/2014

With over sixty million casualties WW2 was the bloodiest conflict in history. In this incisive introduction, esteemed academic Christopher Catherwood covers all the key battles and campaigns, while also giving the larger story behind them, putting familiar events into the perspective of the war at large. He explores: * The huge impact of the preceding Sino-Japanese War on WW2 itself * The relative unimportance of the British conflict in Africa * The near moral-equivalence of the Red Army and the Nazis * The impact of the Hiroshima bombing Full of text-boxes revealing key details about British intelligence, weaponry, and the social milieu of the conflict, there is no better brief introduction to this landmark event.

Other books by Christopher Catherwood

ISIS: The Killing Caliphate The Ideology of Terror

ISIS: The Killing Caliphate The Ideology of Terror

Author: Christopher Catherwood Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/09/2018

Every war has its cause and every conflict its context, none more so than the centuries-old ideological battle between Christian and Muslim theology. The concept of holy war is almost as old as the religions themselves, with Christian crusades and Muslim invasions of North Africa, Asia and Europe. From 630 Islamic armies were engaged in massive imperialist conquest that created one of the most successful empires in history, stretching from the borders of Hindu India in the East to Christian Spain in the West. Until the failed attempt to capture Vienna in 1683 the Islamic armies mounted an almost continuous assault on Europe. Not until 1913 would some parts of Europe be free from Muslim rule. The defeat of the Ottoman Empire in 1918 led to the secularisation of Turkey and the Turkish leader Kemal Ataturk's abolition of the Caliphate in 1924. That act ended the Islamic empire, with the Christian West, in the form of Britain and France, in control of large areas of the realm of Islam-the Middle East we know today being largely shaped by Winston Churchill. Conflict was inevitable. The tragic events of 9/11 were the result of a long process within Islam and the Islamic world, rather than the beginning of it-and now we have Isis and an attempt to revive the Caliphate. No-one knows how it will end. The author, who has written extensively on the subject of the continuous struggle between Christianity and Islam, investigates the key events throughout history that led to the establishment of the state of Israel, the Islamic rage of the twentieth century, Al Qaeda, the conflict between Sunni and Shia, and the rise of Isis. ISIS: The Killing Caliphate explains the motives behind holy war and how the fighting in the Middle East is merely the latest manifestation of the ageless battle between theologies-war in the name of God.

Churchill: The Greatest Briton

Churchill: The Greatest Briton

Author: Christopher Catherwood Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/01/2018

There are few figures in British history more famous than Winston Churchill. Renowned for guiding Britain through the tumultuous Second World War, his speeches echo through history, and his wartime leadership was recognised as essential for weathering the WWII. But there is so much more to the man than his speeches and official images. Churchill explores that hidden history in detail, tracking Churchill's nine-decade life from his early childhood, all the way to his last days. Few characters in history have written as much as Churchill, and his writings and the photographic records happily provide the opportunity to put together a unique illustrated portrait of this remarkable man. Churchill is full of revealing personal letters, documents, and speeches, which draw attention to the unforgettable power of his oratory, which added a heroic dimension to a leader who was undoubtedly a true statesman. That is not to say he was without fault - the disastrous Gallipoli campaign, the creation of Iraq in 1921, his blind spot over India - all these contributed to a reputation for unreliability that dogged much of his public life. This results in an exciting, colourful retelling of this political titan's life, and is most definitely a must-read.

Churchill and Tito SOE, Bletchley Park and Supporting the Yugoslav Communists in World War II

Churchill and Tito SOE, Bletchley Park and Supporting the Yugoslav Communists in World War II

Author: Christopher Catherwood Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/10/2017

One of Churchill s most controversial decisions during the Second World War was to switch SOE support in Yugoslavia in 1943 from the Cetniks loyal to the exiled Royal Government to backing Tito and his Communist Partisan guerrillas. It led to a Communist regime in Yugoslavia which lasted until Tito s death in 1980, and the nationalistic sentiments he had suppressed exploding into ethnic violence in the Balkan wars of the 1990s. Until now the story has been that SOE was infiltrated by Communists in Cairo and that Fitzroy Maclean, Churchill s personal delegate to Tito, was hoodwinked by the Communist leader, and that Churchill was duped into abandoning the royalists. However, the recently deposited papers of Sir Bill Deakin, Churchill's former assistant and an SOE operative in Yugoslavia, reveal that the decision was based upon absolutely solid evidence and in Britain's best military interests. The official history of SOE in Yugoslavia was never written, but Deakin was the main adviser to the person deputed to write it and Christopher Catherwood was the first person to examine the papers deposited in Washington. These papers reveal that Churchill made his decision based on evidence not just from SOE, but also from MI3, SIS and SIGINT at Bletchley Park. Christopher Catherwood can now demonstrate that one of Churchill s most significant and consequential decisions of the Second World War was not the terrible mistake that historians have portrayed it.

The Battles of World War II Everything You Need to Know

The Battles of World War II Everything You Need to Know

Author: Christopher Catherwood Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/10/2016

Respected scholar Catherwood pens this comprehensive book that combines surprising breadth with popular appeal. Including a look at the US entry to the war, in 1941, the turning tide of war, and how victory came at a price.

The Battles of World War I Everything You Need to Know

The Battles of World War I Everything You Need to Know

Author: Christopher Catherwood Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/10/2016

Our understanding of the twentieth century and beyond hinges upon the First World War. In this new and comprehensive book, the fascinating facts are presented in an accessible way, allowing anyone to brush up on the devastating conflict that changed the world we live in.

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91 Student Book

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91 Student Book

Author: Christopher Catherwood, Nigel Kelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/06/2016

Exam Board: Edexcel Level: GCSE Subject: History First teaching: September 2016 First exams: Summer 2018 Series Editor: Angela Leonard This Student Book: covers the essential content in the new specification in an engaging way, using detailed narrative, sources, timelines, key words, helpful activities and extension material uses the 'Thinking Historically' approach and activities to help develop conceptual understanding of areas such as evidence, interpretations, causation and change, through targeted activities has 'Writing Historically' features that focus on the writing skills most important to historical success. This literacy support uses the proven Grammar for Writing approach used in many English departments includes lots of exam guidance, with practice questions, sources, sample answers and tips to support preparation for GCSE assessments. * These resources have not yet been endorsed. This information is correct as of 31st July 2015, but may be subject to change. You do not have to purchase any resources to deliver our qualification.

One Hundred Years of Protest Everything You Need to Know

One Hundred Years of Protest Everything You Need to Know

Author: Christopher Catherwood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/09/2015

A bite size, easily accessible history of protest from the 20th to beginning of the 21st century, covering everything from the Suffragettes to poll tax. Comprehensive and easy to digest.

Eyntk the Battles of WWII

Eyntk the Battles of WWII

Author: Christopher Catherwood Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/11/2014

Respected scholar Catherwood pens this comprehensive book that combines surprising breadth with popular appeal. Including a look at the US entry to the war, in 1941, the turning tide of war, and how victory came at a price.

The Battles of World War One Everything You Need to Know

The Battles of World War One Everything You Need to Know

Author: Christopher Catherwood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/05/2014

Our understanding of the twentieth century and beyond hinges upon the First World War. In this new and comprehensive book, the fascinating facts are presented in an accessible way, allowing anyone to brush up on the devastating conflict that changed the world we live in.

A Brief History of the Middle East

A Brief History of the Middle East

Author: Christopher Catherwood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/12/2010

Western civilization began in the Middle East: Judaism and Christianity, as well as Islam, were born there. For over a millennium, the Islamic empires were ahead of the West in learning, technology and medicine, and were militarily far more powerful. It took another three hundred centuries for the West to catch up, and overtake, the Middle East.Why does it seem different now? Why does Osama bin Laden see 1918, with the fall of the Ottoman Empire, as the year everything changed? These issues are explained in historical detail here, in a way that deliberately seeks to go behind the rhetoric to the roots of present conflicts. A Brief History of the Middle East is essential reading for an intelligent reader wanting to understand what one of the world's key regions is all about. Fully updated with a new section on the Iraq Invasion of 2003, the question of Iran and the full context of the Isreali/Palestine conflict.

Thy Kingdom Come!

Thy Kingdom Come!

Author: Christopher Catherwood Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/11/2010

His Finest Hour: A Brief Life of Winston Churchill

His Finest Hour: A Brief Life of Winston Churchill

Author: Christopher Catherwood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/06/2010

A new and dynamic reappraisal of Winston Churchill, and his finest hour in 1940-1.Who was Winston Churchill? Even fifity years after his death he is one of the most iconic figures in British history: as a young man he was a maverick journalist, his many positions in politics before 1940 marked him out as a courageous but foolhardy man. Yet it is Churchill's record in war, which has recently been questioned, that confirms his genius as a military commander and national leader -- someone who understood the dangers of Nazi Germany before 1939; someone uniquely capable to lead the empire through the turmoil of the Second World War. Catherwood argues that it was Churchill's stand in 1940-41 that saved Britain and only he was able to bring together the allies that eventually defeated Hitler in 1945.Catherwood has produced a challenging yet accessible reassessment of the life and career of Winston Churchill, lion of British history and flawed hero.

Winston's Folly How Winston Churchill's Creation of Modern Iraq led to Saddam Hussein

Winston's Folly How Winston Churchill's Creation of Modern Iraq led to Saddam Hussein

Author: Christopher Catherwood Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/07/2004

As Colonial Secretary in the 1920s Winston Churchill made a decision regarding the Middle East that was to have calamitous consequences. Scholar and strategic policy consultant, Christopher Catherwood discusses how Churchill created an artificial monarchy of Iraq after the First World War, forcing three radically different peoples to combine under a single ruler. Today's map of the Middle East, the rise of Saddam Hussein and Gulf Wars of 1991 and 2003 are the unwitting legacy of a conference led by Churchill in Cairo in 1921. Inducing Arabs under the rule of the Ottoman Turks to rebel against their oppressors - abetted by T. E. Lawrence - the British and French during the First World War convinced the Hashemite clan that they would rule over Syria. In fact, Britain had already promised the territory to the French. Partly to make amends and partly for pragmatic economic reasons, Churchill created a single nation state, Iraq, and made the Hashemite leader Feisel king of a land with which he had no connection. Catherwood dissects Churchill's decision - the results of which continue to cause terrible grief to Iraq's indigenous peoples and anxiety to the rest of the world.

The Balkans in World War Two Britain's Balkan Dilemma

The Balkans in World War Two Britain's Balkan Dilemma

Author: Christopher Catherwood Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/11/2003

Between 1939 and 1941 Britain had a terrible dilemma. She was keen to see Turkey, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania and Yugoslavia join the Allies against Nazi Germany. But the 1939 Molotov Ribbentrop Pact had changed everything: the Balkan countries were far more afraid of Stalin than of Hitler. Britain and France were also concerned about the Soviets giving so much oil to Germany: in 1940 Britain almost went to war with the USSR in an attack on the Caucasus. This book looks at how Britain tried to solve these dilemmas and ultimately failed to do so.

The Balkans in World War Two Britain's Balkan Dilemma

The Balkans in World War Two Britain's Balkan Dilemma

Author: Christopher Catherwood Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/11/2003

Between 1939 and 1941 Britain had a terrible dilemma. She was keen to see Turkey, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania and Yugoslavia join the Allies against Nazi Germany. But the 1939 Molotov Ribbentrop Pact had changed everything: the Balkan countries were far more afraid of Stalin than of Hitler. Britain and France were also concerned about the Soviets giving so much oil to Germany: in 1940 Britain almost went to war with the USSR in an attack on the Caucasus. This book looks at how Britain tried to solve these dilemmas and ultimately failed to do so.

Why the Nations Rage Killing in the Name of God

Why the Nations Rage Killing in the Name of God

Author: Christopher Catherwood Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/2002

Mass murder, ethnic cleansing, genocide, hatred, rage: all these have taken on new meaning for Americans after the horrors of September 11, 2001. But that infamous day was not one on which the world changed. Rather, it was the day the United States joined the rest of the world in a struggle far older than most Americans realize. Suddenly, remote spots like Bosnia or Kosovo have become much easier to understand, places that have faced death and destruction for centuries. This thoughtful book explores much of the background to the strife the globe faces today. In particular, Christopher Catherwood shows how religion and national pride, which are supposed to be positive forces, can become perverted ideologies that arouse hatred, slaughter, and war. Religion often has been ignored as a vital component in understanding the awakened forces of nationalism. Catherwood not only helps to correct that imbalance but empowers us to comprehend our troubled world. If we understand our history and experiences, and the ways in which they can be manipulated for evil ends, then we are much better placed to solve the problems that grow from them in the present.

Why the Nations Rage Killing in the Name of God

Why the Nations Rage Killing in the Name of God

Author: Christopher Catherwood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2002

Mass murder, ethnic cleansing, genocide, hatred, rage: all these have taken on new meaning for Americans after the horrors of September 11, 2001. But that infamous day was not one on which the world changed. Rather, it was the day the United States joined the rest of the world in a struggle far older than most Americans realize. Suddenly, remote spots like Bosnia or Kosovo have become much easier to understand, places that have faced death and destruction for centuries. This thoughtful book explores much of the background to the strife the globe faces today. In particular, Christopher Catherwood shows how religion and national pride, which are supposed to be positive forces, can become perverted ideologies that arouse hatred, slaughter, and war. Religion often has been ignored as a vital component in understanding the awakened forces of nationalism. Catherwood not only helps to correct that imbalance but empowers us to comprehend our troubled world. If we understand our history and experiences, and the ways in which they can be manipulated for evil ends, then we are much better placed to solve the problems that grow from them in the present.

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