The Iron Curtain symbolized the ideological fighting and physical boundary dividing Europe into two separate areas from the end of World War II until the end of the Cold War in 1991. On either side of the Iron Curtain, states developed their own international economic and military alliances. This divided the Communist Soviet Union from western Europe. Global Perspective: The following quote was made by Winston Churchill in his Iron Curtain speech. "From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent. Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe. Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest and Sofia, all these famous cities and the populations around them lie in what I must call the Soviet sphere, and all are subject in one form or another, not only to Soviet influence but to a very high and, in many cases, increasing measure of control from Moscow." This demonstrates how Eastern Europe and other Communist countries cut themselves away from western and capitalistic countries.