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Teaching Primary Sources: Churchill and Stalin on the Iron Curtain (1946)

Primary Sources: Churchill and Stalin on the Iron Curtain (1946)

Winston Churchill delivered his famous “Sinews of Peace” Speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri on 4 March 1946. In it, he spoke of a metaphorical division of Europe between the Communist East and the Capitalist West, using a phrase that would become commonplace to describe the division between eastern and western Europe: “iron curtain.” Many historians consider Churchill’s speech as the beginning of the Cold War.

Winston Churchill, Joseph Stalin
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Why do some historians consider this speech by Churchill to be the start of the Cold War?
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