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  • Writer's pictureWilliam Tyler

Synopses for my two JW3 zoom classes this Thursday, 5th November.

Let the fireworks begin! Sorry couldn't resist that.


Morning: The Eastern Front


A Broad Outline

Ribbentrop/Molotov Pact and Attack on Poland. Through the eyes of 'Mihail Sebastian'

Operation Barbarossa. German invasion of Russia 22.6.41

Anglo-Russian Alliance

Siege of Leningrad (890 days) 1941-44

Battle of Moscow 2.10.41 to 18.1.42

Battle of Stalingrad. A turning point in the war. 23.8.42 to 2-2.43

Reality of German Defeat

German POWs going over to Russians

Battle of Kursk 1943

To Berlin!

Battle of Berlin

Stalin: Old 'Friend' to New Enemy


Some Referenced Books:

Hitler and Stalin by Laurence Rees

Journal 1933-1944 by Mihail Sebastian (previously mentioned)


Afternoon: Lord Randolph Churchill and Sir Austen Chamberlain


Transformation of old Tory Party into new Conservative Party by Sir Robert Peel 1834/35

(Formation of Liberal Party, replacing old Whig Party)

Lord Randolph Churchill (1849-1895) and 'democratic Toryism': Nearly PM

The Chamberlain Dynasty

Joseph Chamberlain (1836-1914) and Liberal Unionism

Sir Austen Chamberlain (1863-1937). Twice a nearly man!


Some Referenced Books:

The Past Masters by Harold Macmillan

Chamberlain (Neville) by Graham Macklin

The Conservative Party by Robert Blake

My Early Life by Winston Churchill

Austen Chamberlain and the Burden of Expectation by Andrew Reekes

The Chamberlains by Roger Ward

Lord Randolph Churchill by RF Foster


Plus there is also a biography by Randolph's friend and political opponent Lord Rosebery as well as his son's biography (Hagiography?)



'See' you Thursday. KeepSafe, William





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