Churchill and India – Christopher Friedrichs

October 25, 2016 @ 05:00pm

Please join us on Tuesday, October 25 to welcome our guest speaker Christopher Friedrichs.  He will address our Society on Churchill and India.

Winston Churchill’s opposition to self-government for India is a well-known aspect of his career, but the reasons for his opposition are not always well understood.  Certainly Churchill’s position was based to some extent on imperialist assumptions and condescending attitudes towards what he called “Orientals.”  But it was also based on some deep insights about the nature of Indian society drawn from his wide knowledge of history and his own experience of having lived in India.  This lecture will describe Churchill’s relationship with India and present a nuanced view of why he so stubbornly resisted the idea of Indian independence.

Christopher Friedrichs is a Professor of History at the University of British Columbia, where he has taught European and world history for the last 43 years.  His primary research area is German history, but he has also undertaken some comparative studies of European and Asian urban history.  Chris has visited India four times and has lectured at a variety of Indian universities.

Date:               Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Location:        University Room, The Vancouver Club, 915 Hastings Street West, Vancouver, B.C.

Time:               Wine & Cheese starts at 5:00 pm, Program from 5:50 – 7:00 pm

Cost:                $25 each for a Member of the Society, $35 each for a non-Member

$40 for a Member accompanied by either a spouse, partner or an immediate family member

(The ticket cost includes one beverage ticket per attendee for 1 glass of wine or beer, or for 2 soft drinks.  Additional drinks can be purchased from the bar)

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