Dr. Jonathan Rose, William R. Kenan Professor of History, Drew University
Tuesdays 10am to 12pm
Sept 21, 28; Oct 5, 12 and 19
Winston Churchill (along with Adolf Hitler) is one of the most consequential and intensely studied figures of modern times. For half a century he was an electrifying presence in British politics, holding (at various points) nearly every important post in the British cabinet. He led his country to disaster in the First World War and to victory in the Second World War. He switched parties twice, in part because he was too independent to fit into any conventional ideological category. He inspired fierce loyalty in some, while others were absolutely determined to keep him out of power. And he was a bestselling writer who won the Nobel Prize in Literature, the author of histories, biographies, war reportage, literary criticism, and even a novel. This course explores — and attempts to explain — the life and times of this extraordinary, ingenious, and often contradictory figure.
Additional readings: The Literary Churchill: Author, Reader, Actor (Yale University Press).
Jonathan Rose is the William R. Kenan Professor of History at Drew University. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and his B.A. from Princeton University. His fields of study are British history, intellectual history, and the history of the book. He is coeditor of the journal Book History, which won the Council of Editors of Learned Journals award for the Best New Journal of 1999. He has held visiting appointments at the University of Cambridge and Princeton University, and he reviews books for the Times Literary Supplement and the Daily Telegraph (London). His most recent books are The Literary Churchill: Author, Reader, Actor (Yale UP, 2014), which won the New Jersey Council for the Humanities Book Prize; and ‘Readers’ Liberation’ (Oxford UP, 2018). His book, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes, won the Longman-History Today Historical Book of the Year Prize and two other awards. Other publications include The Edwardian Temperament 1895-1919 and The Revised Orwell, British Literary Publishing Houses 1820-1965.