The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is the national record of 60,000 men and women who shaped the British past, worldwide, from the Romans to the twenty-first century. A research and publishing project of Oxford University and Oxford University Press, the Dictionary was first published in print and online in 2004. It is now extended with regular updates, overseen by its General Editor—the historian and chairman of Churchill 2015, Professor Sir David Cannadine.
The Oxford DNB includes biographies of many hundreds of people with professional, political and personal ties to Churchill, written by specialist scholars. Churchill’s own biography—at 35,000 words one of the longest in the Dictionary—is by Paul Addison. Recent updates have added thematic essays on Churchill and appeasement and his contribution to the wartime home front.
To mark Churchill 2015, the Oxford DNB is making available its biography of Sir Winston and those of the men and women who knew him best.