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Online Course - Churchill: Soldier, Politician and Statesman, 23 September - 4 December, 2020, University of Oxford, UK

Publish Date: Apr 19, 2020

Deadline: Sep 23, 2020

Event Dates: from Sep 23, 2020 12:00 to Dec 04, 2020 12:00

Churchill: Soldier, Politician and Statesman


Sir Winston Churchill is regarded as one of Britain's greatest statesmen. His impact on the course of twentieth century history was profound yet his name still provokes controversy and debate. The aim of this course is to study Churchill's life in detail, to assess his successes and failures and to gain some insights into the complex personality of this fascinating politician.

This course was written by Annette Mayer who specialises in nineteenth and twentieth century British history. Annette is the author of three online courses for OUDCE.

Winston Churchill was a controversial figure whose larger than life figure dominated for many years the stage of British politics. He was in his time reckless, brave, irresponsible, disloyal, rude, single-minded, insightful and persistent, an impressive orator but above all, a great statesman. From being the lone voice in the wilderness he came to lead his country at a moment of great crisis, providing the people with the determination to resist the threat of fascism. What was it that enabled this incredibly energetic and charismatic man to become one of the most famous prime ministers of all time?

This course will examine his life from that of a lonely schoolboy, cavalryman and journalist to that of politician and world leader. We will assess his writing and speeches in order to appreciate his mastery of the English language and his skill in swaying public opinion. We shall also seek to understand the private man whose complex personality tested both the love and friendship of those who knew him.

Course aims

  • Study and evaluate the life of Sir Winston Churchill.
Course Objectives
  • Students will be able to form critical and balanced judgements about the successes and failures of Churchill as a politician, prime minister and world statesman.
  • Students will gain an understanding of Churchill as a private individual.
  • Students will develop a range of historical skills through the evaluation of primary sources and analysis of historical interpretations.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course students will be expected to understand:

  • The main achievements and failures of Churchill as a politician, prime minister and world statesman.
  • The nature of Churchill as a private individual.
  • How to use primary sources in order to develop and support historical arguments.

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