The irony revealed by this groundbreaking book is that it was Winston Churchill more than any other leader who ended the British Empire. Churchill was driven by a belief that the English were a superior race, whose goals went beyond individual interests to offer an enduring good to the entire world. No better example exists than Churchill's resolve to stand alone against a more powerful Hitler in 1940 while the world's democracies fell to their knees. But there is also the Churchill who frequently inveighed against human rights nationalism, and constitutional progress - the imperialist who could celebrate racism and believed India was unsuited to democracy. Instead of locating Churchill's position on a simple left/right spectrum, Richard Toye demonstrates how the statesman evolved and challenges the reader to understand his need to reconcile the demands of conscience with those of political conformity. Drawing on newly released documents and an uncanny ability to separate the facts from the overblown reputation (by mid-career Churchill had become a global brand), Toye provides the first comprehensive analysis of Churchill's relationship with the Empire.
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