Essay on Differences Between Western Powers And The Soviet Union

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Which of these sources is more valuable in explaining why there were differences between the Western Powers and the Soviet Union?

Source A, a speech by Winston Churchill’s ‘Iron Curtain Speech’ and Source B, taken from an interview with Josef Stalin, both point that there were differences between the Western Powers and the Soviet Union – but one is more valuable in explaining why than the other – and in this case Source A is the most valuable.

Source A is a small sample taken from the acclaimed ‘Iron Curtain Speech’ spoken by Winston Churchill, in Fulton, Missouri on the 6th of March 1946. Of course at the time Churchill had not held the position of prime minister anymore – but he was still highly influential. Truman had read the speech before it was delivered publicly, and approved of its state. It’s written in an ardent and sincere form, aiming to inform people of the spread of communism.

The source states the aims of both the USA and the USSR, which is why it’s more valuable than Source B. In the first part of the source, Churchill begins by confirming that though communist parties “were very small”, they have been seeking everywhere to obtain control and “have been raised to pre-eminence and power far beyond their numbers” – they’re gaining power rapidly, and want to surpass everyone else. He also implies that it’s Stalin to blame for threatening post-war stability, but he doesn’t say it directly. “This is certainly not the liberated Europe we fought to build up.…

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