Comparing The Truman Doctrine And The Marshall Plan

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World War II had devastating repercussions on much of the world, leaving a large portion of Europe in particular, engulfed in turmoil, destruction, and economic devastation. Many countries were finding the costs of reconstruction to be far greater than imagined, leaving many countries unable to remedy the situation at hand. The British government could no longer provide financial aid to held ease the burden of war. All eyes would shift to the United States as a solution began to develop. It all began with the Truman Doctrine, and would eventually develop further into the Marshall Plan. As we look into both the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan, it made become evident that the Marshall Plan was inspired and enhanced by the ideals set out in the Truman Doctrine. What would lead President Truman to the development of the Truman Doctrine? The United States would have growing concern for both France and Italy in…show more content…
Truman proclaimed, “As a result of these tragic conditions, a militant minority, exploiting human want and misery, was able to create political chaos which, until now, has made economic recovery impossible” (The Truman Doctrine, 1947). The blame for the political unrest an instability in Greece would be placed on the Communist uprising. Truman stated, ““The very existence of the Greek state is today threatened by the terrorist activities of several thousand armed men, led by Communists, who defy the government 's authority at a number of points, particularly along the northern boundaries” (The Truman Doctrine, 1947). With Britain being unable to support either Greece or Turkey, support would be asked from the United States. Truman makes several arguments as to why it’s the responsibility of the United States to provide whatever support is
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