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Winston Churchill's Last Campaign: Britain and the Cold War 1951–1955

John W. Young


Largely because of his famous ‘Iron Curtain’ speech, Churchill is often remembered as a determined Cold Warrior. Yet, for all his fervent anti-communism, he saw the creation of the Western Alliance as a step not towards war, but towards negotiations with the USSR. This book shows how, as Prime Minister in the 1950s, Churchill hoped for a summit meeting with Soviet leaders, an end to the Cold War, and an era of peaceful scientific advancement by humankind. The author examines the reasons why Churchill failed in this, his last great political campaign, reasons which included his own failing heal ... More

Keywords: Iron Curtain speech, Churchill, anti-communism, Western Alliance, negotiations, USSR, Cold War, European détente

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780198203674
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203674.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John W. Young, author
University of Leicester