HA Webinar: Arguing about Churchill in the era of Black Lives Matter

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This webinar will consider the arguments of pro and anti-Churchill commentators and their reflection of views about the nature of history.

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Historical Association webinar series: Subject knowledge

Arguing about Winston Churchill (and other controversial figures) in the era of Black Lives Matter

Richard Toye

The brutal death of George Floyd in 2020 and the revival of the Black Lives Matter movement stimulated a new wave of debate and controversy about the representation and commemoration of historical figures. In the UK, Winston Churchill, who is considered by many to represent the British nation, became a flashpoint of debate, on account of his racial views. This talk will consider the arguments that pro- and anti-Churchill commentators, but not simply for the purposes of reaching a conclusion about his individual record. Rather, angry exchanges about Churchill (and other controversial figures) reflect differing views about the nature and purpose of history. These in turn represent a deeper conflict over ideals, identity and values.

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