The Iron Curtain: Churchill, America and the Origins of the Cold War [NOOK Book]

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1986 marks the fortieth anniversary of Winston Churchill's famous speech in Fulton, Missouri, in which he popularized the phrase "Iron Curtain". This speech, according to Fraser Harbutt, set forth the basic Western ideology of the coming East-West struggle. It was also a calculated move within, and a dramatic public definition of, the Truman administration's concurrent turn from accommodation to confrontation with the Soviet Union. It provoked a response from Stalin that goes far to explain the advent of the ...
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The Iron Curtain: Churchill, America and the Origins of the Cold War

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1986 marks the fortieth anniversary of Winston Churchill's famous speech in Fulton, Missouri, in which he popularized the phrase "Iron Curtain". This speech, according to Fraser Harbutt, set forth the basic Western ideology of the coming East-West struggle. It was also a calculated move within, and a dramatic public definition of, the Truman administration's concurrent turn from accommodation to confrontation with the Soviet Union. It provoked a response from Stalin that goes far to explain the advent of the Cold War a few weeks later. This book is at once a fascinating biography of Winston Churchill as the leading protagonist of an Anglo-American political and military front against the Soviet Union (a surprisingly neglected chapter in his extraordinarily well-documented career) and a penetrating re-examination of diplomatic relations between the United States, Great Britain, and the U.S.S.R. in the postwar years. Pointing out the Americocentric bias in most histories of this period, Harbutt shows that the Europeans played a more significant part in precipitating the Cold War than most people realize. He stresses that the same pattern of events that earlier led America belatedly into two world wars, namely the initial separation and then the sudden coming together of the European and American political arenas, appeared here as well. From the combination of biographical and structural approaches, a new historical landscape emerges. The United States appears at times to be the rather passive object of competing Soviet and British maneuvers. The turning point came with the crisis of early 1946, which here receives its fullest analysis to date, when the Truman administration in a systematic but carefully veiled and still widely misunderstood reorientation of policy (in which Churchill figured prominently) led the Soviet Union into the political confrontation that brought on the Cold War.

"...A stimulating and important contribution to the debate about the origins of the Cold War."--Times Literary Supplement.

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For most Americans the origins and images of the Cold War are limited to U.S.-Soviet interaction since 1945. British historian Harbutt argues, however, that the Cold War actually began as the result of long-standing Anglo-Soviet differences, the most crucial of which concerned the limits of Soviet influence in Eastern Europe, Turkey, and Iran. The United States, he says, was a rather reluctant Cold warrior and took up the British cause only after persistent lobbying by Winston Churchill and a series of provocative Soviet moves in the Near East. The work is highly analytical in nature there is an excellent analysis of Churchill's famous ``Iron Curtain'' address and gives significant insight into the evolution of Anglo-American attitudes towards Stalinist expansion. Though at times a bit too speculative, the narrative is basically well substantiated. A solid work suitable for most academic libraries. Joseph W. Constance, Jr., Georgia State Univ. Lib., Atlanta
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  • ISBN-13: 9780198020875
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,146,257
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Table of Contents

Introduction vii
1 Churchill and America 3
2 Churchill, Bolshevism, and the Grand Alliance 23
3 Churchill Faces Postwar Problems: Teheran to Yalta 52
4 Yalta to Potsdam 81
5 Anglo-Soviet Cold War, United States-Soviet Rapprochement 117
6 Churchill and Truman 151
7 The "Iron Curtain" 183
8 The Making of a Showdown 209
9 Confrontation 242
10 Aftermath and Conclusion 267
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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