Mackenzie King, Churchill and Roosevelt:

their role in WW2.

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 

10:00 a.m. on ZOOM* 

* This is part of the History Interest Group's program. To join this group contact the convenor. If you are not a member of CFUW but would like to join us, email  to request a link to our ZOOM meeting. We always welcome new members. 

William Tyler, MBE

MA (Oxon), MA, M.Phil., FRSA, Hon FPRA

William Tyler spent his whole professional life in adult education, beginning at Kingsgate College in 1969.  His last full-time post was as Principal of The City Lit in London, one of Europe’s largest colleges of adult education.  He had previously served as Principal of Manchester’s Adult Education College, and as Warwickshire’s County Adviser for Adult Education.

William has lectured widely for many public bodies, including the University of Cambridge and the WEA, in addition to speaking to many clubs and societies.  He has served on numerous Boards including that of The Central School of Speech and Drama, Wansfell College, and The Extramural Department of The University of Manchester.  He has served as Chair of Education for Development, of a National Literacy Project, of The Life Academy’s Professional Board and of North Essex Adult Community College.  William is also a consultant to organizations including London Metropolitan University, Bishopsgate Institute, The Galatea Trust, and The Council of Europe.  In the 1980s and 1990s he served as Chair of The Council of Europe’s Working Party on Older Learners.

William is a Freeman of the City of London and was awarded the MBE in 2009 for services to adult education.  He has been involved with early campaigns for education for older people and has lectured widely to U3As* in Britain.  He has also spoken at Valletta U3A in Malta, as well as visiting Ljubljana U3A in Slovenia.  He served on the Council of London U3A during the 1980s, and is today a member of Lancing U3A.

Today, William is semi-retired but remains committed to the development of Adult Education, and keeps abreast of events at The City Lit as well as the wider field.  He recently wrote an historical piece for a national Holex Report on community education, and had a letter published in The Times concerning Adult and Further Education.

* Founded in 1982, University of the Third Age, U3A,  is a UK-wide movement of locally-run interest groups that provide a wide range of opportunities to come together to learn for fun. Members explore new ideas, skills and activities together.

A Quartet of Allies

The three Western Political Allies, Churchill, Mackenzie King, and Roosevelt, despite disagreements from time to time, were nevertheless friends.

Until America entered the war in December 1941, Mackenzie King acted as a bridge between Churchill in London and Roosevelt in Washington.

The fourth member of the Allied Quartet, Stalin, had nothing in common with the other three, except a determination to defeat Nazi Germany.  For the Western leaders an alliance with Soviet Russia was a case of ‘needs must’.

We shall look at the different leadership skills the four men brought to the Allied War effort, and to the relations between them, especially of the three Western leaders with the Soviet leader, Stalin, as the war ended.

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