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Iron Curtain, Containment, Truman Doctrine, Marshall Plan

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carly blumenthal

on 4 January 2013

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Transcript of Iron Curtain, Containment, Truman Doctrine, Marshall Plan

The Iron Curtain The term "Iron Curtain" was used to describe the boundary line between the Warsaw Pact countries and the NATO countries. To the east of the Iron Curtain were the countries that had been influenced by the Soviet Union, and to the west were the democratic countries. Containment The definition of containment is: The action of keeping something harmful under control or within limit.
This is relevant to the Cold War because the western countries, like the US and France, didn't want communism to spread out of Russia. The Iron Curtain, Containment, Truman Doctrine, and the Marshall Plan Carly W. Blumenthal The Truman Doctrine What was it? A policy announced by President Harry S. Truman on March 12th, 1947. It was written as a very simple warning to the USSR, without actually calling out the USSR in the document. It stated that the US would help and support any nation that was being threatened of being taken over by an armed minority. Not only did the doctrine protect the rights of the majority from an armed minority, it also had a strategic way to it. Truman stated that it would be "the policy of the United States to support free people who are resisting attempted subjugation by armed minorities or by outside pressures." The Truman Doctrine was created to set the tone for US foreign policy throughout the world post-March 1947. The Marshall Plan... The Marshall Plan was created by the US as an aid to European countries harmed during World War II. The goal to was basically improve Europe's economy and rebuild it as a whole. It was created in 1947 and the plan gave over $13 billion in aid to European nations and was a key in revitalizing the post-war economies of these nations. The plan focused on modernizing both business and industrial practices across Europe, while also reducing their trade barriers with the US. Even though funding to the Marshall Plan ended in 1952, the economies of all the European recipients surpassed their pre-war levels; making this plan a success.
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