The End Of World War II Essay

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Following the end of World War II, peace was on the mind of many of the world’s citizens. It was clear that stubborn positions of nationalism had not only feed the beast that was Nazis Germany, but had also prevented capable, neighboring powers in Europe from coming together quickly enough to halt the blitz early on. European economies, militaries, and citizens were left horribly ravished, displaced and war-torn. Only an astonishing 20 years had passed between the end of the First World War and the start of the second; without doubt drastic changes would need to take place in order for devastation of this nature to never happen again. In 1946 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill sensibly stated the inevitable need for a “United States of Europe” to secure future stability. The separate nation-states of Europe would need to work together in order for their continent to rise once again as a leading player in international affairs.
Economic and democratic recovery and institution were of primary concern when the Marshall Plan was presented by US Secretary of State George C. Marshall in 1947. If the US was going to financially assist European countries in recovery (and secure her markets were once again up and running), there would need to be a safe, reliable way for funds to be allocated, which the program created. Everyone would win if European countries were once again able to significantly participate in foreign markets. The Marshall Plan helped further illustrate the…

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