History Will Be Kind To Me For I Intend To Write It
Winston Churchill Quote
History will be kind to me for I intend to write it; Winston Churchill acknowledging the victors and not the vanquished get to write what happened.
Winston Churchill was right, he did indeed write his own history and however historians try to influence opinion, he will always be remembered for his nation inspiring speeches and one of the greatest statesmen of all time.
As time passes the social, political and psychological climate also changes, sweeping new ideas are introduced and certain parts of history can be neglected or even rewritten to conform more closely with the new ideals. This can be challenging for historians to resist and can be difficult not to conform with the new consensus.
A great quote from George Orwell perfectly summed up the reason why the correct version of history must be adhered to when he said ‘he who controls the past, controls the future, he who controls the present, controls the past.’
This is the blue print for every dictatorship that has ever came to power, it works because any evidence of wrongdoing by the dictator is destroyed.
This is an extreme example of why history is always being updated and not really reflective of Churchill, but with historians still introducing their interpretation of the evidence gathered from world war 2 there are always disagreements about why certain events came about.
True Grit From a Monumental Brit
Going back to Winston Churchill, when he spoke people listened. You can feel the grit and determination in his quote 'History will be kind to me for I intend to write it' rather than the confident arrogance that many display when trying to predict a future outcome.
After his death in 1965 Churchill was granted a state funeral which saw one of the largest assemblies of world leaders in history such was the respect attained by this remarkable politician and leading world statesman.