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What Churchill got from Gibbon

BY Harry Cluff   /  1 August 2020

In 1895, when Winston Churchill was a twenty-year-old subaltern, he devoured Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, saying: “I rode triumphantly through it from end to end and enjoyed it all.” Having not gone to Oxford or Cambridge and feeling undereducated, he decided to become his “own university” and to set himself an ameliorating curriculum.


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