The Churchill myths / Steven Fielding, Bill Schwarz, Richard Toye.

Fielding, Steven, 1961- author.
Oxford, United Kingdom ; New York, NY, United States of America : Oxford University Press, 2020.
208 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 23 cm
First edition.

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Churchill, Winston, 1874-1965 -- Influence.
Churchill, Winston, 1874-1965 -- In mass media.
European Union -- Great Britain.
Churchill, Winston, 1874-1965.
European Union.
Collective memory -- Political aspects -- Great Britain.
Political campaigns -- Great Britain.
Great Britain -- Politics and government.
Great Britain -- Social life and customs.
Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.).
Manners and customs.
Mass media.
Political campaigns.
Politics and government.
Great Britain.
This is not a book about Winston Churchill. It is not principally about his politics, nor his rhetorical imagination, nor even about the man himself. Instead, it addresses the varied afterlives of the man and the persistent, deeply located compulsion to bring him back from the dead, capturing and explaining the significance of the various Churchill myths to Britain's history and current politics. The authors look at Churchill's portrayal in social memory. They demonstrate the ways in which politicians have often used the idea of Churchill as a means of self-validation - using him to show themselves as tough and honest players. They show the man dramatized in film and television - an onscreen persona that is often the product of a gratuitous mixing of fact and fantasy, one deliberately shaped to meet the preferences of the presumed audience. They discuss his legacy in light of the Brexit debate - showing how public figures on both sides of the Leave/Remain debate were able to use elements of Churchill's words and character to argue for their own point-of-view.
Machine generated contents note: The Meaning of Myths
History and the Churchill Myths
Brexit and the Churchill Myths
The Principles of the Book
1. Brexit May 1940
Digital Pasts
Men of Destiny
Brexit May 1940
Mythic Churchill
England's Populism: 1940
England's Populism: Brexit
2. The Churchill Syndrome
The Battle for Churchill's Reputation
The Special Relationship
Between Europe and the Open Sea
Attack from the Right-Flank
Puffing on an Invisible Cigar
Boom or Bust?
The Changing Face of British Nostalgia
3. Persistence and Change in Churchill's Mythic Memory
Precedents and Parallels
Celebrating the National Icon
A Transadantic Churchill
The Long Road to Young Winston
Baiting the Myth
The Great Man
The Reassert ion of a Deeper Myth
A Confusion of Churchills.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Schwarz, Bill, 1951- author.
Toye, Richard, 1973- author.