World War 2 Containment
After World War 2 The Soviet Union was trying to expand its reaches. Russia wanted to spread communism to all parts of the world. The U.S, fearing Russia would succeed, started programs of Containment. What was containment and how did it help prevent the spread of communism.
Containment was a U.S policy of preventing communism from spreading past it's borders. Communism's borders were called the Iron Curtain by Winston Churchill in one of his speeches. The Soviets suffered terribly in World War 2. Stalin wanted to make sure Germany was no longer a threat to Russia. To help his cause, Stalin wanted more territory as a buffer zone, but he wanted a lot more than needed. Stalin tried to take over South Korea although he already had control of North Korea. President Truman sends leftover forces in Japan to help forces in South Korea. With General Douglass Mcarthur leading the attack pushed North Korean forces back across the armistice line. Mcarthur decides to continue the attack and pushes the enemy back to the Yalu River. At the River China decided to enter the war and pushes U.S forces back to South Korea. The war drags on for several years before ending near its beginning borders.
Containment found it's first application with the Truman Doctrine. The Truman Doctrine was the idea of Harry S. Truman to help other nations who were also threatened by communism. Truman got the idea after Britain announced it would stop sending aid to Turkey and Greece. Turkey and Greece were both dependent on British aid to fight against communism. Truman asked congress for 400 million in aid to both of the countries. The aid helped prevent the countries from becoming soviet satellite countries. Another idea to stop communism was the Marshall Plan.
The Marshal Plan was similar to the Truman Doctrine. The plan was in operation for four years beginning in April 1948. The goals of the United States were to rebuild...