Cold War: Churchill and the Iron Curtain speech Return to the case study menu
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Comprehension
1a There are 8 paragraphs in this source. Read each paragraph and give it a short heading which summarises what it says. Here are a few suggestions (but not in the right order!).
  • Churchill expressing his personal views
  • Introduction
  • Need for Soviet security
  • Stalin going too far in controlling Eastern Europe
  • Uncertainty about what the Soviets are up to


  • Analysis and Interpretation
    1b What evidence is there that this speech was approved by US President Truman?
    1c What positive comments does Churchill make about the USSR?
    1d What negative comments does he make?
    1e Churchill's comments about Russian attitudes to strength were highly controversial. Why do you think this was?

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    Extracts from Churchill's Iron curtain speech given in the USA in March 1946

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    Extract from Churchill's Iron Curtain speech given in the USA; March 1946
    Extract from Churchill's Iron Curtain speech given in the USA; March 1946
    Extract from Churchill's Iron Curtain speech given in the USA; March 1946