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Through the documents in volume 9 of The Churchill Documents, editor Sir Martin Gilbert leads the reader on a fascinating journey from July 1919 to March 1921, covering a wide range of domestic and international affairs. Churchill’s vivid personality is evident as each event unfolds—traced through private letters and secret Cabinet records. Martin Gilbert’s explanatory notes, never obtrusive, illuminate both the individuals and the events during twenty-one dramatic months in history.
For Churchill, the period was dominated by the early problems of peace, the continued intervention in Russia against the Bolsheviks, the Russo-Polish war, terrorism and the search for conciliation in Ireland, revolt in Iraq, Britain’s Palestine Mandate, and the future of Britain’s position in the Middle East. His wife Clementine is an ever-present influence.