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Week 3 Lesson 1: Churchill’s Iron Curtain speech
Transcript of Week 3 Lesson 1: Churchill’s Iron Curtain speech
Learning goal: I can explain the significance of Churchill's
speech to the Cold War and the Soviet–American relationship.
Recap of last lesson: Comparing and contrasting capitalism and communism in the Cold War
Brief overview of Churchill's 'Iron Curtain' speech
Video: Overview of Churchill's 'Iron Curtain' speech
1. Working individually, fill out the entry slip.
2. Hand it to the teacher.
3. You have 7 minutes.
Stalin responds to the speech, 14 March, 1946
Published in 'Pravda', the official newspaper of the Communist Party.
Accuses Churchill of being a warmonger
Likens Churchill's talk of a fraternity of English-speaking nations as similar to Hitler's racial theories
Reminds Churchill of the USSR's heavy losses in WWII and the need to secure its borders and feel safe in Eastern Europe.
Mocks Churchill for being out of touch with common people and asserts that this arrogance cost of the election in Great Britain
Activity: Comparing and contrasting Churchill’s ‘Iron Curtain Speech’ with Stalin’s response in Pravda.
1. Working individually, read both texts.
2. Answer the questions in the comparison table.
3. We have 35 minutes.