January 30: Warren Kimball on Roosevelt and Churchill

Warren Kimball edited Churchill & Roosevelt: The Complete Correspondence, published by Princeton University Press in 1984. In his presentation to the January 30 edition of the Washington History Seminar, he reflected on the problems he faced in compiling letters and other communications, on research in the pre-computer age, and on his thoughts about the two men and their policies when he was working on the book. How have his interpretations and perspectives shifted—or not? What is the ultimate value of such correspondence? He gave his present assessment of Roosevelt and Churchill, and inquired into what  have become in some quarters unpopular concepts of “leadership” and “great men in history.”

Kimball is the Robert Treat Professor at Rutgers University. He has written Forged in War (1995), as well as books on the Morgenthau Plan and the origins of Lend-Lease. He has published over 50 essays on Churchill, Roosevelt, and the era of the Second World War. He was Pitt Professor at Cambridge University 1987-88, and is an academic adviser to The Churchill Center.

A webcast of Kimball’s seminar is available at Roosevelt and Churchill. The seminar is sponsored jointly by the National History Center (an initiative of the American Historical Association) and the Wilson Center, with assistance from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.