Assumptions and Sources: Winston Churchill During World War II Research Paper

Assumptions and Sources: Winston Churchill During World War II
An in-depth look at the life and influences of Winston Churchill.
# 151973 | 2,927 words | 6 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 04, 2012 in History (Leaders) , History (European - 20th Century) , Military (General)

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This paper discusses the importance of Winston Churchill's influences during the last century, and uses six different sources to look at his life as a soldier, great war leader, British Prime Minister, writer and artist. The writer explains that by combining different interpretations of Churchill's and motives it is possible to gain some insight into the real man behind the historical record and the idealized hero. The paper also discusses Churchill's book, "The Gathering Storm" which throws light on how military strategy is devised and approved.

From the Paper:

"First, perhaps the best way to begin the examination of Churchill is to explore his role in World War II through the eyes of the subject himself. The Gathering Storm is the first volume of his collection about World War II. Churchill's main purpose is to show the awful circumstances that eventually brought the crimes of Nazi Germany to the world's attention. Churchill discusses his unique perspective regarding world wars, having experienced the first and foresaw the coming storm that would be the second. He is well-qualified to tell this story, as he dissects the consequences of the Treaty of Versailles, the rise of Nazism and Adolf Hitler and the capitulation at Munich. Churchill, of course, discusses England's entry into the war.
"Churchill presents a somber view of a war that likely could have been avoided if Hitler's desire for power and conquest had been stopped sooner. Because of his place in the decision-making process and the first hand accounts that he can present, Churchill offers a great deal of primary material that backs up his claims and memories of the war. England pushed hard against Hitler, as it almost single-handedly-at least for a time-fought against tyranny and Hitler's senseless aggression. Churchill presents his story through the lens of pride and patriotism. The lesson of Munich made it clear to the British that Hitler could not be trusted; the nation refused to make peace with Germany, even after France had fallen and the Nazi forces were successful and apparently unstoppable (Churchill 268)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Baker, Nicholson. Human Smoke. New York: Simon and Schuster, Inc., 2008. Print.
  • Catherwood, Christopher. Winston Churchill: The Flawed Genius of World War II. New York: Berkeley Publishing Group, 2009. Print.
  • Churchill, Winston. The Gathering Storm. New York: Houghton Mifflin, Co., 1948. Print.
  • Gilbert, Martin. Churchill: A Life. New York: Henry Holt and Company, LLC., 1991. Print.
  • Keegan, John. Winston Churchill. New York: Penguin Group, 2002. Print.

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