• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Why did the US decide to adopt the Truman Doctrine?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Why did the US decide to adopt the Truman Doctrine? The government in USA was deeply unhappy with the Communism's expansion to eastern Europe, which seemed to go further and further, threatening the power of capitalism. Traditionally America's policy was based on isolationism, but the threat of Communism expansion made the Americans realise that this was no longer possible if it wanted to have a world, where the dominant ideology would be based on capitalism, and not its opposite, communism. At Yalta it was agreed that each liberated country would have an emergency government set up and then free elections would be held. ...read more.

Middle

, decided to reject isolationism and try to stop Communism spread out. Relations between the USA and the USSR deteriorated significantly during 1946. Soviet troops after the war still remained in Persia, now Iran, when under wartime agreement they should have already left. The US were worried that this is yet another step to expand, and not only in Eastern Europe for a buffer zone, but maybe the whole world. The US reported USSR to the United Nations and finally Stalin had to withdraw his troops if he wanteed to keep good relations wih the UN - or even remain a member of it and have some influence upon international decisions in the organisation. ...read more.

Conclusion

This would also ensure profitable markets in Western Europe, so the USA wouldn't have to face another Depression. In February 1947 the British informed the US that they could no longer fight the Communists in Turkey and in Greece. The US gave considerable financial help fro the mission and the Communists were successfully contained. Truman afterwards declared that the US will help any country to fight against Communism influences throughout the world. Therefore the fact that Turkey and Greece nearly fell Communism, made the Americans to react and fight back Communism. All these made the US to realise that Communism spread out was a real threat, and if it wanted to be contained, it needed the USA to reject isolationism and adopt the Truman Doctrine. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE USA 1941-80 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Here's what a teacher thought of this essay

4 star(s)

The author does well to set out the key reasons why the USA adopted the Truman Doctrine, making this a relevant answer with sound explanation. However, the evaluation needs to be developed as the nature of the Doctrine is not addressed; this would have helped the reader understand motivations. The conclusion needs expansion. 4 stars.

Marked by teacher Natalya Luck 03/10/2012

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE USA 1941-80 essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Who was to blame for the Cold War?

    4 star(s)

    America had never been attacked on its native soil and, when WWII was finished most Americans felt that they had saved China, rescued the Allies and made Russia able to push the Germans out of their country and then to conquer them.

  2. Marked by a teacher

    Was America justified in dropping the atom bomb on Hiroshima in August 1945?

    3 star(s)

    Japan already had been defeated militarily by June 1945. Almost nothing was left of the once mighty Imperial Navy, and Japan's air force had been all but totally destroyed. Against only token opposition, American war planes ranged at will over the country, and US bombers rained down devastation on her cities, steadily reducing them to rubble."

  1. Did life improve for black people after the abolition of slavery?

    A group called the Ku Klux Klan was invented. It was formed because some whites still hated black people and wanted them dead. The KKK dress up in white to show they only like white people not black. They would have lynched black people. Segregation is when black people are separated from white people.

  2. The Costs and benefits of British Imperialism 1846-1914.

    O'Brian believes, unlike Kennedy that India could have been traded with like any other country like France, Spain, United States and even Brazil. Kennedy refutes this in his debate by claiming "if we were to leave Australia or the Cape, we should continue to be chief customers", "were we to

  1. "Why did relations between the USA and USSR change in the years 1945-49?"

    Truman aggravated the situation between America and the USSR because he had a more anti-communist view towards Stalin compared to the previous president Roosevelt, who had died from a heart attack in April. This meant that due to Stalin's ideas of the spread of communism, Truman greatly distrusted Stalin, and

  2. Free essay

    why the USA withdrew its forces from Vietnam in 1973

    This caused a big increase in anti-war feeling. Conduct- Many Americans and people in other countries were critical of the conduct of the Americans soldiers such as the mistreatment of Vietnamese civilians in the village of "My Lai" in late 1968.

  1. Why is President John F Kennedy such a famous and controversial figure in history?

    So JFK had success with his domestic policies. Also Kennedy says that America is producing and manufacturing more things than ever. As factories and industries expand in America. However Kennedy pauses during his speech and emphasise that at home and abroad success is good but the "road is long, the burden heavy, the pace consistently urgenting."

  2. Civil disobedience: peaceful or passive protest against a governmental body in rebuttal of some ...

    in his actions against racial segregation in the United States. Against such powerful forces as these, there must exist a force more determined and more courageous. Hence, it is the conscience that drives the civil disobedient to do his work.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work