Churchill: Remember the man not the myth – history series by Alastair Stewart


11 October 2018
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600-04714.jpg Sir Winston Churchill. Copyright Library of Congress, reproduction number LC-USE613-D-005938
So many myths surround the life and work of Sir Winston Churchill but what is the real evidence? In this history series, Alastair Stewart explores a wide range of sources to get to the heart of Winston Churchill’s story.

Part 1: Debunking the cult of Churchill

Using primary sources to explore the statesman’s life and work.

Part 2: Churchill as a military leader

A look at Churchill's reputation as a boorish war leader with a penchant for expeditions over expediency. Is it justified?

Part 3: Churchill the actor

For all his flaws and quirks, Churchill makes for an infinitely more interesting character study than the heavily redacted, and catastrophically cliched, caricature of a stoic leader with a jutted jaw and cigar.

Part 4: Why the real quotes are better than the memes

Alastair calls for a more significant distinction between the real and apocryphal stories about Churchill.

Part 5: A heavy drinker?

Examining Churchill’s reputation as a heavy drinker.

Part 6: The real price of ale

If Churchill wasn’t an alcoholic, but if he fanned tall drinking tales about himself, then what was he at heart?

Part 7: Churchill was a peacemaker, not just a warrior

Exploring Churchill's postwar role as a peacemaker.

Part 8: The Dream reveal's Churchill's soul

What 'The Dream' can tell us about Churchill's relationship with the father he thought never believed in him.

Part 9: Churchill & Europe - the ultimate myth?

The many Churchills, the many Europes.

About the author

Alastair is a freelance writer and journalist. He writes regular features on politics, history and culture for publications across Europe with a special interest in the life of Sir Winston Churchill. You can follow him on Twitter @agjstewart.

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