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Talk: Prof Hal Klepak: 'The First Signs of the Man He Was to Be: Churchill in Cuba, 1895'

Publication date: Feb 20, 2013 9:36:03 AM

Start: Mar 6, 2013 5:30:00 PM
End: Mar 6, 2013 7:00:00 PM

Location: UCL-Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PQ


UCL - Institute of the Americas (UCL-IA) cordially invites you to join Prof Hal Klepak (Royal Military College of Canada) for this talk.

While Sir Winston Churchill's right to the title of "Man of the Century" is rarely doubted, it is much less known that many of the attributes that gained him his reknown were already visible before his 21st birthday and were shown in the almost unresearched several weeks that he spent in Cuba in 1895.

With  recent research in Cuban, Spanish and British archives as well as on the ground where he observed, wrote and served, it has been possible to discover much more about the role he played as war correspondent, military observer for the War Office, writer, artist, and political analyst than had ever been imagined. The initial results of this research reveal much about the man in this, his first adventure, abroad when he got to know the Cuban revolt, the Spanish army on campaign there, the political intricacies of his role, and the advantages and pitfalls of public notoriety. 

Attendance is free of charge, but registration is required.