Winston Churchill and Statesmanship

"What Churchill Teaches Us about Our Time"


Winston Churchill was a statesman of the first order,  who confronted problems unique to an age of modern war and modern politics.  Churchill was a staunch defender of constitutionalism and self-government,  and he worked to protect the institutions and ideas that promoted such rule.  Even though his times were marked by trials in war and in peace,  Churchill was ever an optimist,  telling Parliament in his final speech, “never flinch,  never weary,  never despair.”


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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.