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One of our finest narrative historians Lawrence James has written a genuinely new biography of Winston Churchill one focusing solely on his relationship with the British Empire As a young army officer in the late nineteenth century serving in conflicts in India South Africa and the Sudan his attitude toward the Empire was the Victorian paternalistic approach at once responsible and superiorConscious even then of his political career ahead Churchill found himself reluctantly supporting British atrocities and held what many would regard today as prejudiced views in that he felt that some nationalities were superior to others his some might say obseuious relationship with America reflected that view America was a former colony where the natives had become worthy to rule themselves but he felt still had that tie to Britain Thus he overlooked the freuently expressed American view that the Empire was a hangover from a bygone era of colonisation and reflected poorly on Britain's ability to conduct herself as a political power in the current world order This outmoded attitude was one of the reasons the British voters rejected him after a Second World War in which he had led the country brilliantly His attitude remained decidedly old fashioned in a world that was shaping up very differently However it would be a mistake to consider Churchill merely as an anachronistic soldier He grasped the problems of the Cold War immediately believing that immature nations prematurely given independence would be likely to be sucked into the vortex of Communism This view chimed with American foreign policy and made the Americans rather pragmatic about their demands for self governance for Empire countries This ground breaking volume reveals the many facets of Churchill's personality a visionary leader with a truly Victorian attitude toward the British Empire

10 thoughts on “Churchill and Empire A Portrait of an Imperialist

  1. says:

    In the year of our lord 2013 when this book was first published Lawrence James really went about writing racial slurs outside of uotations and reminiscing with a tear in his eye over what he so obviously saw as benevolent imperialism Wow

  2. says:

    A good book providing a focused biography of Winston Churchill concentrating on his actions and values with respect to the British Empire and its many subject peoples The author starts out by pointing to a certain dichotomy in Churchill’s life though considered know to be one of the last Empire centric Britons and in many instances vilified for his actions with various cultures in his younger days and up through WWII he was thought of by contemporaries as less Empire minded than most and even considered by some as a danger to the British Empire The book attempts to explain this dichotomy showing how Churchill’s focus was always on Britain itself how his conservative economic views rarely suared with Empire focused spending and that his penchant for peripheral operations meant he saw positive actions in using the Empire’s resources and geography but not because he wanted to either benefit or degrade those areas The book is truthful it doesn’t present an apologia for Churchill but it does analyze his major decisions with the information he had at the time The resulting cultural relativism is a fascinating thought study and a good examination of Churchill and the world in which he lived A great book for those wanting to explore about Britain’s slow move away from Empire

  3. says:

    I am going to write two reviews One for the way the book was written and one for the content Mr James paints a brief but very detailed portrait of Mr Churchill and his life in the realm of foreign policy specifically in matters regarding the empire He gives detailed accounts of all of the events from the Irish issue to the partition of India The writing was easy to follow and wasn't to hard to follow or stay focused The content on the other hand was another story I have always said that books praising the good while glossing over the bad should be taking with caution and this is no exception Mr James seems to miss the days of the empire and all that it stood for While it offered some stability to the regions what happened by the British in the colonies should not be forgotten as violations of human rights Mr James seems either unwilling to recognize that or gives the lame historians excuse of It's not that Churchill agreed with it but he wanted to maintain the order of the empire Either way this is not a critical look at him and of a sunshine and rainbows look at him Hopefully Andrew Roberts biography does a better job

  4. says:

    Too much of a secular hagiography though in some ways it is of a kind of history of the times of Churchill than a straightforward biography and too little critiue of imperialism for what I expected in a contemporary book with a title like it has Churchill and Empire A Portrait of an Imperialist It is actually a kind of apology for Churchill as an imperialist than anything else though however fervid James may be as an imperialist himself he seems to have to tone it down for a modern reader and for the most part resorts to the kind of racism and paternalistic perspective that makes one read a bit between the lines to understand Good review of history in a way and a bit of a different read for me as it takes a British imperialist perspective rather than an American perspective but I chose this over other biographies in the hope it would actually deal with empire and imperialism in a mature and critical manner Insteadit was a preservation of a perspective that is best left upon the dust bin of history

  5. says:

    The premise of this book was Churchill's motivation throughout his life was to maintain the British Empire With that concept a lot of what Churchill did makes senseThe book is a good read on the life and times of Churchill but seemed at times to be discussing world events and did not have enough direct uotes from the man himself There also seemed to me to be a bit of pro Churchill pro Empire in the author and a few statements that did not have any evidence behind them The author showed no sympathy with those who wanted their independence In the end this book left me feeling a bit cold

  6. says:

    This was a Goodreads give away book It was fascinating informative and well written It was interesting reading a different take on events during Churchill's time Thank you very much

  7. says:

    Excellent book Nothing wrong with reviewing a Great Man's thinking and actions against both norms in his times vs contemporary hindsight

  8. says:

    In depth review of the politics of WWI WWII and the periods after each war Helped me to understand current world politics even better

  9. says:

    Out of all the books assigned in History of the British Empire course this was by far the most enjoyable That said it reads significantly less like a biography so much as it is a jam packed history lesson in all things British Empire through the lens of Churchill Now there's nothing wrong with that per se just not what I was hoping to find in this book Take this review with a grain of salt however as the fact that this was an assigned reading very well may color my perception of it

  10. says:

    The book delivers what it promises It is an extensive analysis of Churchill's relationship with the British Empire Since it focuses solely on this aspect of Churchill's life it brings lots of information not easily found elsewhere including Churchill's concern with a dictatorship of the Hindu majority after the independence of India To a certain extent it is a brave book since it is able to face the modern political correctness related with the word colonialism