Churchill's

Churchill's "Iron Curtain" Speech Fifty Years Later

by James W. Muller
     
 

ISBN-10: 0826212476

ISBN-13: 9780826212474

Pub. Date: 12/28/1999

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

Winston Churchill's visit to Fulton, Missouri, on March 5, 1946, marked the first public recognition of the cold war that was to follow World War II. Churchill delivered his most famous speech, "The Sinews of Peace," which became best known by the phrase he used to describe the cold-war division of Europe, the "iron curtain."

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Winston Churchill's visit to Fulton, Missouri, on March 5, 1946, marked the first public recognition of the cold war that was to follow World War II. Churchill delivered his most famous speech, "The Sinews of Peace," which became best known by the phrase he used to describe the cold-war division of Europe, the "iron curtain."

In the United States and Britain, wartime alliances had fostered favorable feelings toward the Soviet Union. By 1946 democratic citizens on both sides of the Atlantic had begun to consider communist Russia a friend. In his speech at Fulton, Churchill exhibited breathtaking flexibility and a clear recognition of the main threat as he reminded the public that true friendship must be reserved for countries sharing a common love of liberty. The "Iron Curtain" speech defined postwar relations with the Soviet Union for citizens of Western democracies. Although it initially provoked intense controversy in the United States and Britain, criticism soon gave way to wide public agreement to oppose Soviet imperialism.

Opening with the full text of the address Churchill delivered in Fulton and concluding with Margaret Thatcher's fiftieth-anniversary address surveying the challenges facing Western democracies in this post-cold war climate, the book brings together essays that reflect on the past fifty years, recognizing Churchill's speech as a carefully conceived herald of the cold war for the Western democracies. These powerful essays offer a fresh appreciation of the speech's political, historical, diplomatic, and rhetorical significance.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826212474
Publisher:
University of Missouri Press
Publication date:
12/28/1999
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
References to the Official Biography
Prologue: The Sinews of Peace1
1Mr. Churchill Goes to Fulton15
2The Beginning of the Cold War49
3Moral Principle and Realistic Judgment69
4A Philosophy of International Politics93
5True Politics and Strategy129
6Rhetorical Statesmanship139
Epilogue: New Threats for OldSpeeches151
Contributors and Credits169
Index173

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