Homework Help

Compare and contrast the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan.

user profile pic

jsakisabella | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 1, 2012 at 2:24 PM via web

dislike 1 like

Compare and contrast the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan.

1 Answer | Add Yours

user profile pic

pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 1, 2012 at 2:38 PM (Answer #1)

dislike 1 like

The main point of comparison between these two is that they were both meant to prevent communism from spreading.  The Marshall Plan meant to do so by improving the economies of countries in Europe while the Truman Doctrine contemplated both military and economic aid.

The major difference is that the Truman Doctrine was limited to countries that were already under attack from communism.  By contrast, the Marshall Plan was more proactive and preemptive.  It was meant to ensure the countries' economies remained strong enough that communist insurgencies could not take hold.  The Truman Doctrine was meant to combat insurgencies that already existed.

Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes