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But an equally important dimension of his amazing political career — a lifelong, stalwart defense of the British Empire — has received far less attention.
Historian Richard Toye has now produced such an overview. Throughout his career, Churchill saw nonwhite people as inferior beings that were, nonetheless, capable of improvement.
He especially disliked Indians. As late as the s, for example, many fellow members of Parliament regarded him as dangerous because he did not care enough about the future of the empire and seemed overly interested in fair treatment toward the subject peoples.
But Toye suggests that this was the result of two factors. First, public opinion — especially in Western democracies — was less tolerant of empires and the subjugation of indigenous people and the British Empire looked like an anachronism.
Second, and probably correctly, Churchill believed the empire was the only thing that ensured that Great Britain would be regarded a leading power. Moreover, he finally accepted an independent Irelandsomething he had vociferously opposed when it happened 30 years earlier.
The Empire I believed in is gone.
He was born when the empire was at its zenith and was deeply committed to it emotionally. But he intellectually understood — especially with the passage of time — that its days were numbered.
This is a carefully researched and exceptionally well-documented book that is a welcome addition to the literature. It makes extensive use of government archives, diaries, and secondary sources.
It is fascinating reading. It is fairly dense in some places and, because it was written by an English historian, it assumes the reader will have a good knowledge of British government and politics.
Lacking such knowledge, it will seem like a tough slog. Paradoxically, Toye concludes that Churchill himself may inadvertently have helped topple the Empire. His forceful and soaring speeches about freedom before and during World War II inspired the world.
Most likely, they also inspired those people longing to leave the British Empire. Terry Hartle is senior vice president of government relations for the American Council on Education.Brief is beautiful: how Caryl Churchill conquered British theatre As a female playwright who didn’t give interviews, Churchill has in the past been underestimated.
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Churchill’s Empire is largely sympathetic, but it shows its subject in a much less flattering light than usual. Throughout his career, Churchill saw nonwhite people as inferior beings that were.