Churchill's speech at Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri, USA on March
5th 1946 is one of the most famous speeches in 20th century history. Historians
have asked themselves many questions about the speech and its impact:
- Did Churchill's speech force the Americans into an anti-Soviet policy?
- Did Churchill's speech simply allow President Truman to make public
his anti-Soviet policy?
- Did Churchill's speech force Stalin into a conflict with the USA?
- Did Churchill's speech threaten the USSR and give Stalin an excuse
to take an even tighter grip on Eastern Europe and his own country and
make the Cold War worse as a result?
Churchill was not even Prime Minister when he gave the speech in 1946,
so why did this one speech have such an impact?
- One reason for the impact was that the world still respected him for
his wartime leadership of Britain. His views were still enormously influential,
especially when it came to international affairs. Stalin respected his
abilities, even if he often disagreed with his views