Marshall Plan

As a part of Truman's containment policies, the Marshall Plan was a more constructive portion of it, rebuilding European nations after the second World War. The Marshall Plan was proposed by Secretary of State George Marshall in 1948 and he invited all of Europe to take part in the conference. Most nations attended, however Czechoslovakia... Continue Reading →


Brinkmanship (Eisenhower)

When President Eisenhower was elected there were two major principles the administration took in its early foreign policy. The first being to encourage the liberation of captive peoples in Eastern Europe and the other being massive retaliation where any Soviet and Chinese aggression would be met with an American nuclear attack directly on the USSR... Continue Reading →

2nd Red Scare

The second Red Scare takes place during the immediate post-World War II era. Once again the Red Scare revolved around an American fear over the spread of communism and a fear of communist sympathizers. Americans were afraid of another depression after the Great Depression for fears of communism growing in response to that. There were... Continue Reading →

1st Red Scare

There were two periods in the 20th century that were called the Red Scare, although it can be argued that much of the 20th century was a Red Scare in America. One period was in the immediate post-World War II era but the first one was in the late 1910s and early 1920s. The first... Continue Reading →

Truman Doctrine

A number of presidents in American history have created a doctrine of how the nation will go about foreign policy in the foreseeable future. For example there was the Monroe Doctrine, the Bush Doctrine, and the one I want to talk about here, the Truman Doctrine. The Truman Doctrine was the foreign policy that President... Continue Reading →

Containment Policy (President Truman)

In Cold War US history there is an era of foreign policy called Containment policy. The idea was put forth by George Kennan, Secretary of State during 1947 under Harry Truman's Administration. Kennan had sent a multi-page telegraph to the President, warning about the Soviet expansion into Europe and the Middle East. Containment was successful... Continue Reading →

TDM Discussion: State Department 2019 Budget

Welcome to a TDM discussion! On today's discussion, we dive into the 2019 budget proposed by Donald Trumps administration, more specifically we dive into the State Department's portion of the budget. This will be a part of a large series known as TDM Discussions and more specifically a series of discussions on the 2019 budget.... Continue Reading →

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