Newsletter & Book Club

March 2016


70th Anniversary
of the Iron Curtain Speech,
5 March 1946

Sir Martin's Book Club Choice
Churchill,The Power of Words
“In the immediate aftermath of the war, Churchill contemplated with alarm a Europe divided between East and West, by what he called an 'Iron Curtain'.  The dominance of the Soviet Union and of Communism in Eastern Europe was his overriding concern in the international sphere.  He expressed fears, and also his hopes, when he spoke, at the request of President Harry S. Truman, at Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri, on 5 March 1946. He gave his speech the title 'The Sinews of Peace':
“'From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent.  Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe.  ….'”


13th Anniversary of the
start of the Iraq War,
20 March 2003

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“On 20 March 2003 Iraq was invaded by a coalition of forces led by the United States, whose main ally was Britain.  Australian and Polish troops also took part, as well as Iraqi Kurdish militia in the north.  After three weeks of fighting, the Ba'athist government of Saddam Hussein was overthrown.”
The Origins of the "Iron Curtain" Speech, By Martin Gilbert

The First Crosby Kemper Lecture
Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri, 26 April 1981


President Saunders, ladies and gentlemen, I am deeply honoured to be invited here to Westminster College to talk at the site of Churchill’s famous ‘Iron Curtain Speech,’ and to do so about the origins of that speech itself.

Since receiving your invitation for this inaugural Crosby Kemper lecture, I have tried to piece together the story of Churchill's experience of Soviet communism – and of his reactions to that experience – in the 30 years leading up to his speech here at Westminster College; and I thank you most warmly for having asked me to present the fruits of my researches to you on this beautiful Missouri afternoon. 


In 1962, Martin's friend Richard Gombrich received a Harkness Scholarship to tour the United States by car.  He invited Martin to join him and the two spent the summer visiting nearly every one of the continental states.  In 1965, Martin returned to the States, to teach at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.  These two visits were the inspiration to follow through with the advice given him early on by Professor Richard Pipes at Oxford:  “make history visual”.
Wherever Martin travelled, he usually had with him maps of the area and this helped him to understand the geography, and its place in the area's history.  Drawing maps helped him to visualise for himself what had happened – and we are the beneficiaries!
Each of Martin's maps tells a self-contained story; taken together they cover all aspects of study – economic, social, political, military, cultural and scientific, along with the chronological progression.  Routledge has taken on the project of publishing nine of Martin's maps, in a uniform and easy to use style.  They are also published as eBooks.

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Well done to our February Book Club Quiz winner
Patricia Finnegan from the USA

I 'met' Sir Martin via email, in early 2007, after finding his Web site. I wrote to tell him I had read his book The Holocaust: The Jewish Tragedy, and was impressed by the amount of information contained in the book.  
To my surprise and delight--he responded personally!  And thus began a very enjoyable email correspondence.  

Read More of Patricia's moving tribute to Sir Martin......
MARCH 2016
 An historical event in March for each of Sir Martin's book collections
* Churchill Biography * Churchill Collection * First World War *
The Second World War * Holocaust * Israel & Jewish History
20th Century * Historical Atlases *
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