What Would Churchill Do? A Symposium
In celebration of Chartwell Booksellers' 25th Anniversary and in commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the Munich Conference, Chartwell Booksellers invites you to the first annual Richard L. Fisher Memorial Churchill Symposium, an open discussion among Churchill scholars on the subject of appeasement, Winston Churchill, and our ominous world situation today in the Middle East, Asia and Europe.
Tuesday September 23 2008
55 East 52nd Street
In the arcade of the
Park Avenue Plaza Building
between Park and Madison Avenues
New York City
Admission is free but
reservations are required.
On 29 September, 1938, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and French Premier Édouard Daladier met with Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini at Munich in an attempt to stave off world war. The resulting Munich Agreement, signed on 30 September, allowed the German army to annex the Sudetenland of Czechoslovakia. In exchange, Hitler signed a document of friendship with England. That same day, Chamberlain delivered his "peace for our time" speech to cheering crowds in London. Within a year, Hitler invaded Poland and Europe was at war. Nine months later, Churchill was named Chamberlain's successor as Prime Minister.
WHAT WOULD CHURCHILL DO? A SYMPOSIUM will explore the similarities and the differences between the events of September 1938 and our current, fraught, post-9/11 historical moment. Panelists will examine the question of appeasement as Winston Churchill understood it, and will speculate how he might have handled matters in the Middle East today, as well as in Georgia, bearing in mind that the Middle East's current borders and, in fact, the states of Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Israel themselves, were largely shaped, if not created by Churchill in the years leading up and to following World War I.
MICHAEL KORDA is the former-Editor-in Chief of Simon and Schuster and most recently the author of IKE: An American Hero. He is currently at work on a new biography of Lawrence of Arabia.
JOHN LUKACS is a Hungarian-born American historian and the author of more than twenty-five books, including such minute examinations of the life and character of Winston Churchill as Five Days in London: May 1940, The Duel and most recently, Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat.
MICHAEL MAKOVSKY is an American historian and the author of Churchill's Promised Land: Zionism and Statecraft, a book that explores fully the role Zionism played in the political thought of Winston Churchill.
Additional panelists to be announced.