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History Lessons by Jonathan Gifford

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WINSTON CHURCHILL

(1874–1965)

Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was born into the English aristocracy in the family’s ancestral home of Blenheim Palace, built for John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough, on behalf of a grateful nation, after his victories in the wars of the early eighteenth century. As a young man, Winston was brave and audacious, fighting in the many little wars of a British Empire on which the sun had not yet begun to set. He entered Parliament and rose to the rank of minister—not before, however, he had ‘crossed the floor’ of the House of Parliament, moving from the Conservative party to the Liberal party and making long-standing political enemies in the process. As President of the Board of Trade for the Liberal government Churchill ...

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