Churchill and the Avoidable War: Could World War II have been Prevented? – Richard M. Langworth

July 26, 2016 @ 05:00pm

Please join us on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 to welcome our guest speaker Richard Langworth.  He will address our Society on his new book, Churchill and the Avoidable War: Could World War II have been Prevented? 

“World War II was the defining event of our age,” writes Langworth, “the climactic clash between democracy and tyranny, liberty and slavery.  It killed more people than any war in history.  It led to revolutions, religious and sectarian strife, the demise of empires and a protracted Cold War.  Its aftershocks abide in the Middle East and Asia, attitudes toward foreign involvement by the United States, a Europe at once united and disunited.  Yet Winston Churchill maintained that it all could have been prevented.”

On July 26th Richard will tell us what he learned writing his book: why Churchill thought World War II was avoidable, and whether his arguments were valid. Could the war really have been prevented? “Yes,” he concludes, “at one point in particular—but with great difficulty.”

Richard Langworth is a Senior Fellow for the Churchill Project of Hillsdale College, “founded to propagate a right understanding of Churchill’s record.” The Project has republished the official biography, is publishing the remaining volumes of The Churchill Documents, and houses the archives of Sir Martin Gilbert, official biographer from 1968 to 2012. It promotes Churchill scholarship through national conferences, scholarships, online courses, its website, and an endowed faculty chair, establishing itself at the forefront of Churchill research, scholarship, and analysis.

In 1968 Richard Langworth founded the Churchill Study Unit, which became the International Churchill Society in 1971 and is now the Churchill Centre. He is the founding editor of its magazine Finest Hour, which he edited from 1981 to 2014, and served the organization as president and chairman of the board.  Mr. Langworth published the first American edition of Churchill’s India (1990), and is the author or editor of A Connoisseur’s Guide to the Books of Sir Winston Churchill (1998), Churchill by Himself (2008), The Definitive Wit of Winston Churchill (2009), The Patriot’s Churchill (2010), All Will Be Well:  Good Advice from Winston Churchill (2011), Churchill in His Own Words (2012), and Churchill and the Avoidable War (2015).  His next book is Winston Churchill, Myth and Reality: Lies, Rumors, Tall Tales, Fables and Things that go Bump in the Night.  Richard and his wife, Barbara, reside in Moultonborough, New Hampshire and Eleuthera, Bahamas.

Date/Time:         Tuesday, July 26, 2016; Wine & Cheese starts at 5:00 pm, Program from 5:50 – 7:00 pm

Location:             Bar Three, The Vancouver Club, 915 Hastings Street West, Vancouver, B.C.

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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