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Published on December 28, 2007

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What was the Marshall Plan? (also known as Marshall Aid):  What was the Marshall Plan? (also known as Marshall Aid) Lesson overview:  Lesson overview Origins of Marshall Plan:  Origins of Marshall Plan General George Marshall, American Secretary of State Assessment of Europe’s economic needs Europe owed US, $11.5 billion Shortages of goods & fuel Rationing, e.g. Britain, 1947 power cuts Churchill, ‘a rubble heap, a breeding ground of hate’ General George Marshall, uncompromising US Sec. of State Slide4:  Why did Marshall want to help Europe? Aims of the Marshall Plan:  Aims of the Marshall Plan Stop spread of Communism Help economies of Europe recover Provide a market for American goods Illustration for a booklet by Jo Spier (1900-1978), a Dutch, Jewish artist and writer who had been imprisoned in a German concentration camp during World War II and who emigrated to the U.S. in 1951. What did Truman propose:  What did Truman propose $17 billion rebuild European prosperity December 1947, Truman presented Marshall’s findings to Congress How successful was the Plan?:  How successful was the Plan? $12-13 billion dollars poured into Europe 16 European states accepted aid (all non-Communist) Stalin banned Marshall Aid for USSR and banned satellite states from accepting it Slide9:  Why did Stalin reject the offer of financial aid from America? How successful was the Marshall Plan?:  How successful was the Marshall Plan? Rejected by Stalin as ‘dollar imperialisation’ Unacceptable to Soviet pride Czechoslovakia considered plan, but elections fixed & foreign minister killed Yugoslavia 1948, Tito expelled Warsaw 1947, Communist Information Bureau (Cominform) created to protect communist states from US ‘aggression’ President Tito of Yugoslavia – a loose canon  Your task:   Your task How far do you feel each side was to blame for the increasing tension in the Cold War immediately after WWII? Decide where you would put the USA & USSR on the scale below. State your reasons why. Mostly to blame Not to blame US blame:  US blame Support for anti-Communists during Civil War Anti-Communist stance of Truman Development of atomic bomb Iron curtain speech Truman Doctrine & Marshall Aid Ideological differences (US capitalist democracy) USSR blame:  USSR blame Historic tensions, e.g. Hitler Stalin pact, 1939 Soviet expansion into Eastern Europe & setting up of Communist governments Rejection of Marsall Aid Formation of Comminform Red army, development of own nuclear weapons  Your task:   Your task Work in pairs. Prepare two statements. One which Truman could give to Congress explaining why he is supporting the Marshall Plan and one from Stalin to the Politburo condemning the Plan and outlining his response to it. Compare the differences in interpretation in your two speeches  Extra help:   Extra help You might want to consider the following points The background to the Marshall Plan (Greece & fear of Communist take-over) Marshall’s assessment of Europe’s needs The public & hidden agenda (economic & political support) The growing tensions during the Cold War (spread of Communism, arms race, Iron Curtain speech)

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