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Churchill History Lecture Series: The Bulldog and the Bull – Peter Martland

22 Oct 2018
Location: Wolfson Hall, Churchill College
Start time: 17:30
End time: 19:00

Throughout a long and utterly unique life of public service Sir Winston Churchill had an equally long, but not well known direct and indirect relationship to Spain; for example, not only was he closely related to the Duke of Alba, he also took part in the Spanish colonial war in Cuba. However, this relationship came to a head in the Second World War when as Prime Minister he successfully maintained Spanish neutrality and the integrity of Britain’s position on the key strategic naval and military Rock of Gibraltar.  This talk explores these important direct and indirect links to Spain and how the greatest Briton of the 20th century managed them.

A reception will follow the lecture, in the Jock Colville Hall.

This lecture by Dr Peter Martland marks the opening of Churchill and Spain, a second chance to see an exhibition originally put on in London in 2016 by the BritishSpanish Society to mark the 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill’s death.  The exhibition shows Churchill's relationship with Spain from his days as a young soldier in Cuba through to his later years as a tourist during the 1950s. It underlines his sense of adventure and nobility, his controversial politics, and the admiration he provoked among his most loyal followers. It also provides a glimpse of key periods of the history of modern Spain and its impact on a man whose interest in people and life defied national boundaries.

The exhibition will be open daily 9.00-5.00, from 23 October to 2 November 2018, in the Jock Colville Hall, Churchill College.  Free and open to all.

Peter Martland

Dr Peter Martland was born in St Helens, Lancashire. He took his undergraduate degree and subsequently a PhD at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. Originally an economic historian focusing on the history of the recording industry he now specialises in Anglo-American intelligence and security studies. He is the author of six book and has contributed to many more: the first being Since records began: the first 100 years of EMI (1997) and in the same genre Recording history: the British record industry 1888-1931 (2013). He has also written in the field of intelligence and security history including Lord Haw Haw: the English voice of Nazi Germany (2003) based on the extensive MI5 files. He was part of Professor Christopher Andrew’s research team for the authorised history of MI5 Defence of the Realm (2009). He also penned many articles for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Dr Martland is editor of the Boydell and Brewer intelligence and security series. Although now largely retired, he supervised generations of Cambridge undergraduate and graduate students and taught courses at the Institute of Continuing Education at Madingley Hall, Cambridge. Between 2000 and 2013 he taught a variety of history, intelligence and security related courses for Pembroke College, International Programmes Department. He has also supervised US National Intelligence University fellows and others. Dr Martland is a co-founder of the Cambridge Security Initiative and was for many years a co-convenor of the Cambridge Intelligence Seminar.

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