Enduring Lessons of the Marshall Plan
Kirkham, David, The Christian Science Monitor
Sixty years ago today, US Secretary of State George Marshall publicly called for a grand aid package that would transform European postwar politics. The European Recovery Program, or Marshall Plan as it became known, was crafted to accomplish three priorities of the Truman administration: help restabilize the European economy, encourage European postwar integration, and, ultimately, stave off the westward spread of communist ideology.
That all three objectives have been largely realized is beyond question. His-torians may question how much credit the Marshall Plan deserves for these accomplishments, but it is unlikely that Europe would stand now as an ideologically …
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Publication information: Article title: Enduring Lessons of the Marshall Plan. Contributors: Kirkham, David - Author. Newspaper title: The Christian Science Monitor. Publication date: June 5, 2007. Page number: 9. © 2009 The Christian Science Publishing Society. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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