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Over the course of the last decade, historians have set themselves the task of rescuing
Churchill from the restrictive embalmment of hero worship. This has been no easy task.
His 1930s campaign for rearmament and opposition to appeasement, his ‘finest hour’
in 1940, and his 1946 ‘Iron Curtain’ speech at Fulton, Missouri, secured for him on
both sides of the Atlantic an almost unparalleled relevance in the rhetoric of the
following forty years' Cold War. To Western politicians of this period, his career offered
pertinent ‘lessons’ – particularly the need to appear resolute in the face or threat of
aggression. To this was added the fact that his magnificent command of English made
him a rich quarry of quasi-prophetic quotes for an endless succession of political
speeches and journalistic articles.