Marshall's Plan

Allan Little recalls the programme developed by General George Marshall, the recently installed US Secretary of State in 1947, which injected 13 billion dollars into a postwar Europe in desperate need of reconstruction. Marshall had to sell his idea to an initially reluctant Congress, many members of which felt that the US had contributed quite enough to saving Europe. He also asks whether the plan hastened the Cold War and looks at the motives behind the Soviet Union's rejection of it.

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Allan Little recalls the programme developed by General George Marshall, the recently installed US Secretary of State in 1947, which injected 13 billion dollars into a postwar Europe in desperate need of reconstruction. Marshall had to sell his idea to an initially reluctant Congress, many members of which felt that the US had contributed quite enough to saving Europe. He also asks whether the plan hastened the Cold War and looks at the motives behind the Soviet Union's rejection of it.