Cold War: Churchill and the Iron Curtain speech Return to the case study menu
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Comprehension
3a According to this source, is the USSR criticising Churchill personally or Britain as a whole?
3b Has Pravda misquoted or distorted Churchill's speech?
3c Why are the Soviets not impressed by Churchill's comments about the Russians admiring strength?
3dWhat evidence is there that Churchill's speech made a big impact in the USSR?


Analysis and Interpretation
3e What evidence is there that Churchill's speech has increased tension between Britain, the USA and USSR?
3f Is there any evidence that Churchill's speech has helped the USSR with its policies
3e In this report the writer reports:
  • his observations of the Soviet reaction (eg the Pravda article being read all over Moscow)
  • and also includes some of his own interpretations of events (eg the Soviets using Churchill's speech to justify their actions in Persia).
  • Do you find his observations as reliable as his interpretations or not? Explain your answer.



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    Extracts from a Foreign Office report on the reaction to Churchill's speech in the USSR

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    Extracts from a Foreign Office report on the reaction to Churchill's speech in the USSR

    Extracts from a Foreign Office report on the reaction to Churchill's speech in the USSR