Winston Churchill and Statesmanship

"A Strategy for Modern War"

Overview

Churchill believed that the challenge of modern war, which is a product of modern society, should be met by a grand strategy, guided by prudence—the characteristic virtue of the statesman. The statesman must consider not only the battlefield, but also many other important factors, such as alliances, timing, and psychology. Churchill, who worked to prevent war all his life, believed that an alliance of free peoples with strong militaries was the best deterrent in an age of nuclear weapons.

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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.