How Sir Martin Gilbert Fudged the Facts to Protect his Hero

I. Sir Martin Gilbert was Churchill’s official biographer, and evidently enamoured of his subject: ‘I never felt that he [Churchill] was going to spring an unpleasant surprise on me. I might find that he was adopting views with which I disagreed. But I always knew that there would be nothing to cause me to think: … Continue reading How Sir Martin Gilbert Fudged the Facts to Protect his Hero

A Regius Professor at Oxford Considers African History

Hugh Trevor-Roper was Regius Professor of History at Oxford 1957-1980, and Master of Peterhouse, Cambridge 1980-1987. In a 1965 book, The Rise of Christian Europe, Trevor-Roper observed that ‘[u]ndergraduates, seduced, as always, by the changing breath of journalistic fashion’ wanted to be ‘taught the history of Africa’. Of course, those foolish, trendy undergraduates had made … Continue reading A Regius Professor at Oxford Considers African History

Britain’s Contribution to the Defeat of Nazi Germany

The first in a series responding to Andrew Roberts' and Zewditu Gebreyohanes' paper, ‘The Racial Consequences of Mr Churchill: A Review' Roberts and Gebreyohanes make several claims about the British contribution during the Second World War in their paper. They write that Britain ‘played a central role’ in the defeat of the Nazis (p21), that … Continue reading Britain’s Contribution to the Defeat of Nazi Germany