Marlborough and Winston Was John Churchill the Mentor of Winston for His Great Task inThe Second World War ?
A 2-part program
Moderator: Bill Fisher                  Saturday January 27 and March 24, 2018 11:30 Social 12:00 Luncheon
Horseshoe Bend Country Club                     
John Churchill - 1st Duke of Marlborough 1650-1722 These two programs are intended to be a discussion around a controversial theory put forth by British historian David Starkey.  Starkey argues in a BBC video program that the best thing that may have happened to Britain was Churchill being out of power in the 1930’s, commonly called ‘The Wilderness Years’.  He argues that WSC's use of this time to do research and write a massive biography of his famous ancestor gave him the insight to Marlborough’s skills which he, Winston, would have to use to ultimately defeat Hitler.Starkey maintains that had Churchill been in some meaningful office in these years he would not have had the time to gain the insights into the character, strategy, and execution which allowed Marlborough to thwart the dream of European domination that Louis XIV of France had in the 17th/18th Century and Adolph Hitler would have in the first half of the 20th.The format will be introduction to Starkey’s ideas, viewing of his argument of them in a BBC video, then discussion around the table of the validity therein.  Then we will repeat as necessary.  So come ready to participate, contemplate, and adjudicate.

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