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  1. Introduction
  2. The Dilemma of Britain
    1. A real lack of interest in Europe
    2. An ambiguous response or 'Cordial bail'
  3. The need to protect Britain's global interests
    1. Europe against Commonwealth
    2. Europe against the rest of the world
  4. The need to channel this plan was said to be too ambitious
    1. Insert the plan in the League
    2. Too rapid?

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) is unquestionably one of the most remarkable political figures. When World War II ended in Europe with the armistice of May 8, 1945, signed at Reims, he was celebrated as a heroe. For many, he represented nothing less than the man who saved Europe and won the war. François Bedarida, research director at CNRS in the framework of the Observatory of historical biography, said that Churchill was crowned a "myth of the savior (), conveyed in his lifetime and after his death; an image to which he contributed personally: [he said so himself] 'history will be written as I understand it, for I will have it done' ". Though he was not re-elected in general elections on July 26, 1945 in Great Britain (Labour's Clement Atlee replacing the head of government) this was far from tarnishing his image. This election defeat could even be seen as evidence that Britain felt ready for change, openness to what he would not have accepted abroad. It appears that Churchill left an extremely rich heritage in the wake of his long political career. A facet of Churchill that we propose to study here, is what some have called "the European hero", the one who urged Europe not to be beaten before the Nazi enemy in terms that are forever etched in history.

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