11 October 2018
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.
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?
Exploring Churchill's postwar role as a peacemaker.
What 'The Dream' can tell us about Churchill's relationship with the father he thought never believed in him.
The many Churchills, the many Europes.
Part 10: Churchill on our doorstep
Where are the books dedicated to Churchill and Scotland?
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.