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Robert Blake and Wm. Roger Louis

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206262

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206262.001.0001

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Churchill the Parliamentarian, Orator, and Statesman

Churchill the Parliamentarian, Orator, and Statesman

(p.503) 29 Churchill the Parliamentarian, Orator, and Statesman

Robert Rhodes James

Oxford University Press

Winston Churchill's extraordinary life and career, and the astonishing variety of his interests, involvements, and achievements, makes it difficult for historians to take one particular aspect without unwittingly distorting the whole picture. It is also only too easy to miss the main point about this phenomenon — namely, that he was a human being and a very fallible one. Indeed, it was his very humanity, his failures as well as his triumphs, his weaknesses as well as his strengths, that make him so fascinating. Back in 1965, many Americans and Canadians were astonished and shocked to discover that so many in Britain had hated and distrusted Churchill, even during his war leadership. What always baffled his contemporaries about Churchill, and will continue to mystify his biographers, was that he was a mass of contradictions, in which he closely resembled someone with whom his relations were stormy — Charles de Gaulle. This chapter looks at Churchill's career as an orator, statesman, and a member of Parliament.

Keywords:   Winston Churchill, Britain, Parliament, orator, statesman, Charles de Gaulle

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