A lecture given by Andrew Roberts at 6.30pm at the Legatum Institute on 25th June 2015.
Free trade, along with a revived belief in Protectionism was the defining issue of party politics in the late 19th-early 20th centuries. Churchill’s political allegiances reflected his beliefs about markets. Having been an architect of the Liberal government’s welfare reforms, Churchill espoused with eloquence and passion, his conviction that free markets were the best way to improve the lives of working men and women. What spurred this conversion? What role did it come to play in the later struggle between capitalism and communism, and for the carefully trod path between free enterprise and the role of the state in 20th century Britain? As part of the Legatum Institute’s History of Capitalism series, Andrew Roberts, winner of the Wolfson Prize, will discuss the development of Churchill’s support of free markets through his political career, and why this was of great importance in his decision-making and party allegiances.
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