The marshall plan (1948-1952) was a united states effort to assist the nations of europe by providing economic aid the development of the marshall plan and the formation of the north atlantic treaty organization (nato) were part of president harry truman's effort to. The marshall plan (officially the european recovery program, erp) was an american initiative to aid western europe, in which the united states gave over $12 billion (nearly $100 billion in 2016 us dollars) in economic assistance to help rebuild western european economies after the end of world war ii. Emerging from world war ii as the most powerful economic power on earth, the united states changed its foreign policy dramatically it took the lead in founding the united nations it invested billions of dollars through the marshall plan to help strengthen war-devastated european democracies.
Newsreel report on us secretary of state george c marshall speaking before the senate foreign relations committee on behalf of the marshall plan, 1948 stock footage courtesy the wpa film library the united states feared that the poverty , unemployment , and dislocation of the post- world war ii period were reinforcing the appeal of. To clear away the damage in those areas as quickly as possible and to begin economic reconstruction, the economic cooperation act of 1948 (marshall plan) was implemented the united states included the former enemies, germany and italy, in its plan — thereby preventing a reprise of the worldwide economic depression of 1929.
It invested billions of dollars through the marshall plan to help strengthen war-devastated european democracies it created a system of alliances, including the north atlantic treaty organization (nato) central to america’s foreign policy in the post-war period was the containment of the soviet union and communism.
President trump is disrupting a foreign policy establishment truism dating to the days of the marshall plan for places such as syria, north korea, pakistan and the palestinian territories, the.
Unites states foreign policy from the marshall plan through iraqi reconstruction by justin marino august 2008 a thesis submitted to the department of education and. Marshall plan, 1948 in the immediate post-world war ii period, europe remained ravaged by war and thus susceptible to exploitation by an internal and external communist threat in a june 5, 1947, speech to the graduating class at harvard university, secretary of state george c marshall issued a call for a comprehensive program to rebuild europe.
The marshall plan was one of the greatest successes of us foreign policy but collective memory tends to omit a crucial part of its story: the plan emerged from failure how the marshall plan emerged from failure the real roots of a foreign policy success one of the united states’ greatest foreign policy achievements started with.
The marshall plan and the cold war posted on february 9, 2012 by history in an hour the european recovery program, commonly known as marshall plan, is usually remembered for the economic support provided by the united states for the rehabilitation of european countries ravaged by the second world war.