How might Churchill's Iron Curtain speech have increased tension between the superpowers?

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Given all that had transpired across Europe before, during, and after the Second World War, it is questionable whether Winston Churchill’s March 5, 1946 speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri increased tensions between the "East" and the "West." After all, most scholars agree that the Cold War had its seeds in the period of Revolutionary Russia in 1917 when the Romanov Dynasty was overthrown and power eventually consolidated in the hands of the Bolsheviks. Additionally, tension between the American-British alliance and Russia was evident throughout World War II. Indeed, the wartime conferences at Yalta and Potsdam involving Presidents Roosevelt and Truman, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin were all famously strained as the assembled wartime allies attempted to negotiate post-war arrangements. Legitimate Russian concerns about the potential future resurgence of Germany were increasingly, as the Red Army pushed towards Berlin, obviated...

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