- Following the end of World War II, there was growing fear concerning the domination of Eastern European countries by the Soviet Union (USSR). Speaking in Fulton, Missouri, on 5 March 1946, British prime minister Winston Churchill warned of the “expansive tendencies” of the USSR and declared that “From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an Iron Curtain has descended across the continent.” In calling for a policy of strength, Churchill helped mobilize support for President Harry S. Truman’s Truman Doctrine and the policy of containment the following year. After 1947, the Iron Curtain increasingly became a reality with Europe divided between East and West in the developing Cold War. The curtain was finally pulled down in 1989 by populations of various East European countries rather than the West.
Historical Dictionary of the Roosevelt–Truman Era . Neil A. Wynn . 2015.
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