Winston Churchills Last Campaign: Britain and the Cold War 1951-1955 by John Young

Winston Churchills Last Campaign: Britain and the Cold War 1951-1955

byJohn Young

Hardcover | January 1, 1993

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Largely because of his famous 'Iron Curtain' speech, Churchill is often remembered as a determined Cold Warrior. Yet, for all his fervent anti-communism, he saw the creation of the Western Alliance as a step not towards war, but towards negotiations with the USSR. John Young shows how, asPrime Minister in the 1950s, he hoped for a summit meeting with Soviet leaders, an end to the Cold War, and an era of peaceful scientific advancement by humankind. He exmaines the reasons why Churchill failed in this, his last great political campaign, reasons which included his own failing health,the scepticism of allies abroad. and the opposition of his ministers at home. Nonetheless, argues the author, the outlook which Churchill developed in the first decade of the Cold War made him the father of the European detente. This is the first full critical analysis of the issue which dominatedthe last active years of one of the greatest statesmen of the twentieth century.

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John Young, Professor, Chair of Politics, University of Leicester.

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Title:Winston Churchills Last Campaign: Britain and the Cold War 1951-1955Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.5 × 5.35 × 0.01 inPublished:January 1, 1993Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Largely because of his famous 'Iron Curtain' speech, Churchill is often remembered as a determined Cold Warrior. Yet, for all his fervent anti-communism, he saw the creation of the Western Alliance as a step not towards war, but towards negotiations with the USSR. John Young shows how, as Prime Minister in the 1950s, Churchill hoped for a summit meeting with Soviet leaders, an end to the Cold War, and an era of peaceful scientific advancement by humankind. Professor Young examines the reasons why Churchill failed in this, his last great political campaign, reasons which included his own failing health, the scepticism of allies abroad, and the opposition of his ministers at home. Nonetheless, argues the author, the outlook which Churchill developed in the first decade of the Cold War made him the father of European detente. This is the first full critical analysis of the issue which dominated the last active years of one of the greatest statesmen of the twentieth century.

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`Young's book provides a subtle, well-written and cogently-argued reply to Charmley's thesis about the post-war Churchill. Winston Churchill's Last Campaign demonstrates with wealth of documented detail just how consistently Churchill pursued a single aim ... beyond the foreign policy issuesthat form the core of the book, Young shows with convincing clarity just how Churchill's decline affected Tory politics in his last administration.'John Ramsden, Queen Mary and Westfield College, EHR Feb. 97