Causes And Effects Of The Truman Doctrine

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One of the results of the war that furthered the economic chaos in Europe and eventually the U.S. was many European nations became debtors to vice creditors of the U.S. This economic shift greatly impacted the international economy and reduced the international market for U.S. goods. This is not to imply concerns over the post-war global market caused the great depression of the 1930s, but it certainly contributed. By the early 30s, things in Europe began to unravel from the previous treaty, none of the European ‘winners’ were capable of mounting any kind of resistance to the fascist rise in Germany, and the U.S. was mired in the worst crisis to capitalism in American history. This is the setting Franklin Roosevelt entered the world stage as the …show more content…
in a position of confronting global communism through economic, financial, or military assistance to free nations whose sovereignty was challenged by communism. If the U.S. was pouring money into the Marshall Plan, the economic recovery effort of Europe, and the Truman Doctrine in Greece and Turkey, they certainly missed the importance of Asia in this containment puzzle. China fell to the communists in 1949 which gave way to fears of the domino effect in Asia. The Truman Doctrine would play out most dramatically between 1950 to 1973 in Southeast Asia and Korea. Truman would ride the containment policy and domino theory in defense of South Korea from North Korean communist invaders in 1950 and Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson would all commit the U.S. to Viet Nam. First assisting the French in their colonial war against communist insurgents which were supported by communist China and Soviet Union which ended French involvement with the French defeat at Dien Bien Phu in 1954. The U.S. would then take on the primary economic and military role in assisting democratic South Viet Nam in their efforts against the communists from the North for the next two

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