Winston Churchill and Statesmanship

"Why Study Churchill?"


There are three principal reasons to study the life and writings of Winston Churchill. The first is that the study of Churchill teaches lessons about prudence, the virtue that enables human beings to make good choices in changing circumstances for the sake of living well. The second is that the best way to learn about statesmanship is to study the words and deeds of great statesmen, and Churchill—who left behind a voluminous written record—was one of the greatest. The third is that Churchill understood very well the unique features of modern life, including especially the mass effects brought about by the development of modern science.


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Larry P. Arnn is the twelfth president of Hillsdale College, where he is also a professor of politics and history. He received his B.A. from Arkansas State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Government from the Claremont Graduate School. He also studied at Worcester College, Oxford University, where he served as director of research for Sir Martin Gilbert, the official biographer of Winston Churchill. From 1985 to 2000, he served as president of the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy. He serves on several boards of directors, and he previously served on the U.S. Army War College Board of Visitors for two years for which he earned the Department of the Army’s Outstanding Civilian Service Medal. In 2015, he received the Bradley Prize from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. A member of numerous organizations including the Churchill Centre, he is the author of three books: Liberty and Learning: The Evolution of American Education; The Founders’ Key: The Divine and Natural Connection Between the Declaration and the Constitution and What We Risk by Losing It; and, most recently, Churchill’s Trial: Winston Churchill and the Salvation of Free Government.