Cold War Music Project Paragraphs-World History

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Winston Churchill

During some of the Cold War, although Winston Churchill was out of office in Great Britain, he maintained great prestige and influence on international affairs. He is best remembered for his warnings about the threat of Communist expansionism in his “Iron Curtain” speech given in March 1946 in Fulton, Missouri. In his speech he brought worldwide attention to the Iron Curtain division in Europe. Throughout the Cold War, Churchill worked diligently to fight against the spread of Communism throughout the world. “Above all, among the English-speaking peoples, there must be the union of hearts based upon conviction and common ideals. That is what I offer. That is what I seek.” Churchill worked closely with President Harry Truman on adopting a foreign policy of “containment”. This policy offered weaker countries military support and funding to resist the advances of the Soviet Union. In the song “Fool’s Overture” by Supertramp, the lyrics state, “History recalls how great the fall can be, while everybody’s sleeping, the boats put out to sea...Too late, the prophets cry, the island’s sinking, let’s take to the sky.” Churchill believed that the world needed to be constantly watchful with regard to the Soviet Union. At any time, the Soviets were capable of sneaking behind the backs of their enemies in an effort to expand Communism.

Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall was set into place on August 16, 1961. During the Cold War, the Eastern portion of the capital city of Berlin was controlled by the Soviet Union, while the Western part of Berlin was occupied by the United States, France, and Great Britain. Berlin was located in the central part of Germany and very difficult to access. East Germany, at the time, was in a Communist state controlled by the Russians. Residents of East Berlin and the German Democratic Republic, were no longer allowed to enter into West Berlin. The country of Germany...