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Churchill's Empire The World That Made Him and the World He Made by Richard Toye
  

Churchill's Empire The World That Made Him and the World He Made

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Churchill's Empire The World That Made Him and the World He Made by Richard Toye

'I have not become the King's First Minister in order to preside over the liquidation of the British Empire.' These notorious words, spoken by Churchill in 1942, encapsulate his image as an imperial die-hard, implacably opposed to colonial freedom - a reputation that has prevailed, and which Churchill willingly embraced to further his policies. Yet, as a youthful minister at the Colonial Office before World War I, his political opponents had seen him as a Little Englander and a danger to the Empire. Placing Churchill in the context of his times and his contemporaries, Richard Toye evaluates his position on key Imperial questions and examines what was conventional about Churchill's opinions and what was unique. Combining a lightness of touch and entertaining storytelling with expert and insightful analysis, the result is a vivid and dynamic account of a remarkable man and an extraordinary era. 'Wonderfully informative' Daily Telegraph 'Excellent' Spectator 'Mature, intelligent, thoughtful, judicious' Washington Times 'One of Britain's smartest young historians' Independent

About the Author

Richard Toye is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Exeter. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Lloyd George and Churchill: Rivals for Greatness, for which he won the 2007 Times Higher Young Academic Author of the Year Award. He lives in Exeter with his wife and two sons.

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Book Info

Publication date

26th February 2015

Author

Richard Toye

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Publisher

Macmillan an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Format

Paperback
464 pages

Categories


Political leaders & leadership
20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000

ISBN

9781509804801

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