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How Pleased Would Truman Have Been By the Implementation of His Plan In the Years Up To 1962?

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GCSE International relations 1945-1991

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HOW PLEASED WOULD TRUMAN HAVE BEEN BY THE IMPLEMENTATION OF HIS PLAN IN THE YEARS UP TO 1962?

This essay will try to analyze and understand whether Harry Truman would have been pleased with the ongoing of his doctrine and whether it was a success or failure in the long run. To do so, the case studies of Berlin, Eastern Europe, Korea and the Cuban Missile Crisis will be used to view the different aspects from the period of 1945 to 1962(approximately).

The Truman Doctrine was created by Truman himself in May 1947. This doctrine said that the USA should provide countries under the threat of a Communist invasion with money, expert advice and if necessary military equipment. Truman had accepted that all of Eastern Europe had become Communist but did not accept this would spread any further. His doctrine later became known as the Policy of Containment.

At the end Second World War, Berlin was captured by the Russians. Stalin wanted to cripple Germany but the Allies had the job to reconstruct it economically and socially. Therefore Germany was divided into 4 sectors, an American, a French, a British and a Soviet. The

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