Analysis Of Winston Churchill's Speech: The Sinews Of Peace

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On March 5th 1946, not even one year after the overwhelming victory of the Alliance over the Nazis in World War II, Winston Churchill, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom at the time (1940 – 1945), was invited to deliver a speech at Westminster College, in Fulton, Missouri. It is commonly known as “The iron curtain speech”, but Churchill refers to it as “The Sinews of Peace” at the end of the same. This speech reflected his own personal opinion, and was aimed at the people of the United States of America, his countrymen across the Atlantic ocean and other nations. The nature of it is political, taking into consideration the historical context within it occurred: tensions between the Western Bloc (composed of the United States of America, …show more content…

Among these discrepancies are the following: “The doctrine of self-determination was not the remedy for Europe, which needed then above all things, unity and larger groupings. The idea that the vanquished could pay the expenses of the victors was a destructive and crazy delusion” (Sir Winston Churchill Remarks, 2015). He does not believe that after World War I Germany had to pay the impossible sums of money she was asked to. These doctrines evoked further events, which would eventually favour the milieu for another conflict, World War II. He strongly believes unity and fraternity are the keys to peace. This concept appears in the vast majority of his “The Sinews of Peace” speech. Throughout the whole text there are several references to his personal feelings towards the nation of the United States of America. He refers to it as a kindred nation, a nation of great (new) power, who must take on the responsibility, united with the British Commonwealths, of guiding all the English-speaking peoples to peace. For this to happen, he insists, fraternity must

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