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Ministers at War: Winston Churchill and his War Cabinet

Saturday 21 March 2015

1 Hour


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Modern British historian Dr Jonathan Schneer uncovers the relatively neglected story of Winston Churchill’s war cabinet. Churchill was unquestionably the great war leader but the effort was also run by a grand coalition of Conservatives, Labour and Liberals that included four Prime Ministers past, present and future.

Schneer focuses on Churchill’s management of his own team of rivals, a cast that included some of the great names of British history – Lloyd-George, Bevin, Attlee, Chamberlain, Beaverbrook, Morrison, Eden and Cripps. He shows how Churchill’s standing in the Government was sometimes quite precarious, details the political rivalries and intrigue and uncovers some unexpected friendships.

Schneer is modern British historian at in the School of History, Technology, and Society at Georgia Tech, one of the US’s leading research universities. He is a co-editor of two books, and the author of six more, including London 1900: The Imperial Metropolis, The Thames: England’s River and, more recently, The Balfour Declaration: The Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict which won a 2010 National Jewish Book Award.