The Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan
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... Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan As a result of the devastation wrought by the Second World War, Europe was in ruins, with its economic production at a standstill and its people suffering from hunger. Politically, the Eastern countries were increasingly going under the influence of the Soviet Union, while communist parties in France and Italy were growing in strength - spurring the United States into swift, concerted action. On March 12, 1947, President Harry Truman addressed Congress to ask for funds that would aid Greece and Turkey so that they could repeal the communist threat. Truman said "it must be the policy of the United States to support free peoples who are resisting attempted...