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Churchill's Last Stand: The Struggle to Unite Europe
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Felix Klos
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Churchill's Last Stand: The Struggle to Unite Europe

Felix Klos



Peace studies & conflict resolution;
Social & cultural history;
Second World War;
International relations


288 pages

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After the Second World War, with much of Europe in ruins, the victorious Winston Churchill swore to build a peace across Europe that would last a generation.

Fighting against the new 'Iron Curtain' which had fallen across the world, and battling the personal disappointment of losing the 1945 election in Britain, Churchill dedicated the rest of his life to forging a united Europe. This book, based in part on new evidence, reveals his vision: Britain as a leading member of the European family. Through Churchill's own private papers, Felix Klos unveils Churchill's personal battle to regain his place in world affairs, his confidential conversations with European leaders and the thinking and preparation behind some of his most powerful speeches. A beautifully written history of Europe after the war, and a new glimpse at one of its greatest statesmen.

By:   Felix Klos
Imprint:   I B TAURIS
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 135mm,  Spine: 25mm
ISBN:   9781784538132
ISBN 10:   1784538132
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   December 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Felix Klos is an historian who has had access to unpublished Churchill papers and archives. He undertook his research at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and at Churchill's family home, Chartwell.

'An exceptionally well crafted work of history. Politically, what is particularly important about it is the way that Churchill's argument was not about economics, but about the political need for collaboration between European states as a way of avoiding the return of small nation protectionism and the political antagonisms to which it gave rise.' - Professor Gareth Stedman Jones, King's College, University of Cambridge, This accessible and thoroughly researched study explores Churchill's extraordinary contribution to the original emergence of the European 'project', and will challenge muddled explanations of his thinking on Europe. An important book which could not have come at a better time.' - Dr Sue Onslow, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, 'All historical writing speaks to the present through the past, but it is rare, very rare, to find a work of scholarship that is as decisively relevant as Felix Klos's portrait of Winston Churchill in his later career as a champion of Europeanism. This scrupulous, elegant book rejuvenates for the twenty-first century the prophetic vision of one of the towering figures of the twentieth.' - Vijay Seshadri, Author, Essayist and Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize, 'All politicians suffer from having their words misquoted or taken out of context, but the posthumous conflicts over the precise nature of Churchill's views on European integration are probably in a class of their own. Timely, erudite and absorbing.' - Professor Peter Catterall, editor of The Macmillan Diaries

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