12 Facts About Truman Doctrine


Truman Doctrine is an American foreign policy that pledged American support for democracies against authoritarian threats.

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The Truman Doctrine became the foundation of American foreign policy, and led, in 1949, to the formation of NATO, a military alliance that still exists.

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Truman Doctrine argued that if Greece and Turkey did not receive the aid, they would inevitably fall to communism with grave consequences throughout the region.

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Truman Doctrine was informally extended to become the basis of American Cold War policy throughout Europe and around the world.

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The chief Republican spokesman Senator Arthur H Vandenberg strongly supported Truman and overcame the doubts of isolationists such as Senator Robert A Taft.

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Truman Doctrine laid the groundwork for his request by having key congressional leaders meet with himself, Secretary of State George Marshall, and Undersecretary of State Dean Acheson.

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Reaction to Truman Doctrine's speech was broadly positive, though there were dissenters.

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The Truman Doctrine was the first in a series of containment moves by the United States, followed by economic restoration of Western Europe through the Marshall Plan and military containment by the creation of NATO in 1949.

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Truman Doctrine was a highly publicized commitment of a sort the administration had not previously undertaken.

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Truman Doctrine endured, historian Dennis Merill argues, because it addressed broader cultural insecurity regarding modern life in a globalized world.

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Truman Doctrine became a metaphor for aid to keep a nation from communist influence.

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Truman Doctrine used disease imagery not only to communicate a sense of impending disaster in the spread of communism but to create a "rhetorical vision" of containing it by extending a protective shield around non-communist countries throughout the world.

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