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    the potsdam conference, july 1945, or the marshall plan, 1947?? please explain why otherwise i won't understand why it was more important.
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    (Original post by pheebs101)
    the potsdam conference, july 1945, or the marshall plan, 1947?? please explain why otherwise i won't understand why it was more important.
    Marshall Plan (European Recovery Plan) - the first major foreign aid program

    In 1948, the Marshall Plan (European Recovery Program) provided U.S. economic aid to Europe, consistent with the containment philosophy. The U.S. gave over $13 billion (or about $100 billion in current dollars) to the countries of Western Europe between 1948 and 1951. The U.S. did not want to make European countries vulnerable to Soviet influence therefore, the U.S. asked European governments to submit plans for economic rebuilding.

    In exchange for U.S. aid, the U.S. asked each recipient country to share its budgetary data with the U.S. and required that U.S. exports play a key role in the rebuilding effort. Although the Soviet Union rejected both requirements, a number of European countries accepted the terms of the Marshall Plan and used U.S. aid to restore their economies. Food, coal, electricity, oil, steel, and transportation sectors were targeted for immediate rebuilding.

    Main Point: Certainly there was an element of humanitarian concern with Europe’s plight, but the main U.S. motives were political self – interest (to strengthen Western Europe against communism) and an economic self – interest (to revive major trading partners so that they could buy U.S. exports).

    Source(s): Analyzing Politics: An Intro. to Political Science (3rd Edition) p. 248 by Ellen Grigsby, Rebuilding Europe: Western Europe, America and Postwar Reconstruction (1992) Ch. 4 – 6 and p. 155 by David W. Ellwood, International Politics on the World Stage (12th Edition) by John T. Rourke: Ch. 13 International Economic Cooperation: The Alternative Road, p. 410.
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    The American economy during this time directed economic activity in the international system gleaned from the dominance of the dollar. Both the USA and the USSR were in stable economic positions to influence other states given the post WWII rebuilding of states in Europe, Asia, and elsewhere. Official development assistance (foreign aid) was often used a tool of systemic politics during the cold war.
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    I think it was the weather inherent to the climate of that region.
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    (Original post by AHughes)
    Doesn't really answer the question though of what was the cause of the Cold War or prime reason for its early development (unless you hinting at the US trying to preserve it's affluence by keeping international markets open...economic colonialism).

    And, the part highlighted in bold isn't true. The Soviet economy was crippled and the country ravished. Their power over other states (at least in the early years) came mainly from the size and strength of the Red Army. After talks about Marshall Aid in '47, the USSR were so annoyed they set up their own counter organisation but it was more political that monetary as they simply couldn't afford the same handouts.

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