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Churchill's Challenges, 1918–1940 (Hardback)

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By John Harte
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781036100360
Published: 30th May 2024

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Why do bad things happen to good people? The current battle between superstitious and prejudiced forces from the past, against more enlightened modern ones, began when Winston Churchill was appointed colonial secretary in 1920. With the defeat of the shadowy Turkish Empire in 1918 by the Allies, he was challenged by three grim forces of menace and coercion: Communism, Fascism, and Islamist Fundamentalism. Each aimed to extinguish every spark of democratic freedom across the Middle East and the West. Since every new generation tends to rearrange the past, today’s new generation might want to know how it led to the present situation when subversives undermined democracy from within and without. Churchill’s Challenges describes how it really was.

This book combines a social and cultural history of 1918-1940 with a biography of Winston Churchill, to reveal how he responded to his society at that time, and his impact on it. His own character transformed just as dramatically from the eager and ambitious youth to the shrewd and successful politician he became. This account of the first half of Winston Churchill’s life will help readers focus on how the world developed as a consequence of his influence in each ministerial position he filled. It discusses how the changes in Churchill came about as a consequence of his experiences of the changing world with all its complexities. His decisions still impact world politics today.

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About John Harte

John Harte was an investigative journalist in Britain who now writes books in Canada on how recent history impacts our lives today. His investigations were focused in particular on the two extreme political regimes - Communism and Fascism - that caused the global crisis after the Russian Revolution and civil war in 1917-1923. He observed the rise of the Nazis in Germany while growing up in London during the Battle of Britain. He visited postwar Germany in 1949. Two years later he discovered a plot to take over Britain by the former leader of the British Union of Fascists, Sir Oswald Mosley. He spent a year traveling across the British Isles to create a dossier which was presented to Parliament. The ensuing scandal prevented Mosley from making a political comeback and ended his career.
John also travelled to Zagreb to study Communism in Yugoslavia from Tito’s youngest partisan, and returned to Croatia years later during its war of independence. He spent some years living in South Africa and observed the apartheid regime. He also observed the war of independence in Mozambique (formerly Portuguese West Africa, now Maputo), More than five of his books have been published so far, and two more are scheduled for publication by Pen & Sword in 2023.

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