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Samantha Blaurok Rebuilding of Eastern and Western Europe Word Count: 1119 After World War Two, much of Europe had been damaged. According to Hunt in “The World Transformed,” “A civilian population that had largely escaped destruction during World War I had felt the full force of bombing and battles during World War II. This time half the deaths had been noncombatants and facilities for production, transport, and communication had suffered heavy damage,” (Hunt, 89). In addition to the destruction of Europe, Europe had also been divided. Communists were in control of the Eastern side and the US was giving great support to the Western side. There were many events, programs, leaders, and conditions that affected how each side responded to the challenges of adjusting to the rebuilding of Eastern and Western Europe. On March 12, 1947 President Harry Truman addressed the US Congress to discuss how America planned to help the people of Greece and Turkey in what is called the Truman Doctrine. Truman recognized that helping these nations following the war was necessary, and he needed Congressional support in order to make that happen. Greece and Turkey were both ravaged by the war and President Truman recognized that in order to keep the economic and social framework of Europe intact, it was crucial for the United States to support these struggling nations financially (Truman, 1-2). In addition to financial support, the Greek government also realized they needed American help on how to create and keep a stable economy (Truman, 1). There was more than just money being sent for relief. Food, water
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