Which was more important as a reason for the development of the Cold War Stalins action in Eastern Europe 1945-49 or the Truman Doctrine and the Marshal Plan 1947 1948

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History Homework - Which was more important as a reason for the development of the Cold War in the years 1945 - 1948 * Stalin's action in Eastern Europe 1945-49 * The Truman Doctrine and the Marshal Plan 1947 - 1948 Stalin's actions in Eastern Europe helped develop the Cold War because he slowly took over the countries of Eastern Europe who were quite weak as these countries were in Nazi control and were devastated after the war. Stalin's army freed each of these countries from the Nazi's and set their communist governments in these countries.

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This shows that Stalin's action in Eastern Europe created tension and suspense and this helped to develop the Cold War. The Truman Doctrine and the Marshal Plan helped develop the Cold War because it stopped the USSR from spreading anywhere and many communists felt that USA was declaring a war against Communism. The reason Truman made his speech was to show that he would follow a policy of containment, which would warn the Soviets he would not allow any further spread of Communism in Eastern Europe. The Marshal Plan was offered to any country such as Turkey and Greece who were threatened by Communism.

Conclusion

Stalin's actions in Eastern Europe helper develop the Cold War because it made Truman make his Doctrine and it also prompted him to create the Marshal Plan however the Truman Doctrine and the Marshal Plan also helped develop the Cold War because the communist leaders thought that this was a declaring of a war against communism. On balance I think that Stalin's actions in Eastern Europe were more important for the development of the Cold War because as a result of Stalin taking over the countries of Eastern Europe the USA became worried about his intentions to impose communism throughout the world and this is why they introduced the Truman Doctrine and the Marshal Plan; to stop the spread of Communism. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sana Bhatia 11SG 30/09/11

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