Remembering Winston Churchill | Tributes to a legendary statesman and a wartime hero

The War Lords | Churchill

AJP Taylor appraises the successes and failures of Winston Churchill.

CHANNEL | BBC 1

FIRST BROADCAST | 18 August 1976

DURATION | 29 minutes 38 seconds

FIRSTBROADCAST

1976

Synopsis

In this lecture, noted historian AJP Taylor is critical of Churchill's failings, including his refusal to take seriously the threat from the Soviet Union and China. However, the academic is equally frank in his assessment of Churchill's successes, believing that the statesman deserves to sit alongside Nelson and Wellington as one of the greatest war heroes in British history.

Did you know?

AJP Taylor was a Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford from 1938 until 1976. He was also the first 'television don', delivering his historical lectures, throughout a 30-year broadcasting career, largely unscripted and without the aid of modern technology such as an autocue.

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