Elliot Fernandez

Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

Winston Churchill was a British politician, military man and writer, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during World War II.
Elliot Fernandez
Elliot Fernandez
He has a degree in History from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (2009) and a Master's in World History from Pompeu Fabra University (2011).
Post on 2020-07-17 | Updated on 2022-10-03

Winston Churchill was one of the greatest statesmen of the 20th century. His legacy is extensive. From an aristocratic family, Winston Churchill was a member of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He was an idealist and pragmatist. A good speaker and a soldier. A defender of social reforms, he defines himself as an elitist and not an apologist.

During the Second World War, he was a staunch defender of democracy. He was a strong supporter of the preservation of the British Empire.

During the Second World War, he played a key role in the development of peace conferences. After the war, Churchill theorized about the consequences of the division of the world into two antagonistic blocks. In addition, it was Churchill who popularized the idea of an "iron curtain" that ran through Europe, dividing the capitalist block from the communist one.
Winston Churchill, writer and historian.

Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill, in this office of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

As a writer and historian, Winston Churchill published over forty books in sixty volumes, as well as hundreds of articles. In 1953, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature for his contribution to the written and spoken word. Churchill was responsible for the impressive six-volume history of World War II.

Certainly, while he is famous for his wit and colourful quotes, he is recognized for the impact his speeches and broadcasts made.

In his speeches and articles, he warned of the dangers of fascism. He managed to rally the British nation against the Nazi attack. Once the war was over, he mobilized the capitalist bloc against the problems caused by the Soviets in the Cold War.

Political ideology

According to one biographer, Robert Rhodes James, he was "fundamentally a very conservative man", though lacking in "permanent commitment to any party". Martin Gilbert among others says Churchill was always "liberal in outlook".

In conclusion, for many people in Britain and elsewhere, Winston Churchill is simply a hero.