The Containment Strategy
1. My topic is how America contained the Soviet Union, called for by an author, George F. Keenan, who later became a very influential advisor for Truman.
2. The Soviet Union viewed capitalism as a monster, which would consume the entire world with hedonistic abandon. America viewed Communism as an evil belief to kill the rights and liberties of all mankind. Both sides believed that the other was seeking to dominate each other and the world. It was at this time that containment was made, and the United States began to add to the containment strategy.
The U.S drafted its strategy for meeting the Soviet threat in 1947. George Kennan, an American serving in Moscow, developed this strategy in an article in the July 1947 edition of Foreign Affairs magazine. In his article, Mr. Kennan proposed, "a long-term patient but firm and vigilant containment of Russian expansive tendencies" through "counter-force at a series of constantly shifting geographical and political points." This soon became the base for the development of the containment plan by the Truman cabinet. President Truman had viewed two components to the containment strategy: the formation of regional alliances and providing economic and military assistance to other nations to prevent communist expansion. This containment relates to the Theme of the Chapter because within this idea, America started to Act upon by getting Europe back onto its feet financially as well as other countries like Greece and Turkey, which later helped the U.S have favor over the Russians. Then Eventually led to NATO.
3. Question: What Did Stalin do against the Contianment and Marshal Plan?
4. "Marshall Plan - Conservapedia." Main Page - Conservapedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Oct. 2012. <http://www.conservapedia.com/Marshall_Plan
This is a secondary source from Concerpedia that gives specific examples on how Stalin reacts to the Marshal...