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How was the Truman Doctrine a major turning point for US foreign policy?

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The Truman Doctrine can be considered a turning point in the Cold War because it signaled the United States's active involvement in the conflict at the international level. It became the official policy of the United States to counter any form of Soviet expansion. Prior to the Truman Doctrine, American foreign policy had been to preserve the détente status between the two powers. With this shift in foreign policy, the United States would take a more interventionist approach and signal itself as the leader of the free world.

By announcing that the United States would actively participate in promoting democracy and countering the proliferation of communism, the foreign policy of the country shifted dramatically and irreversibly. The Truman Doctrine came to define just about every aspect of American global actions for the next fifty years. To back away from it would be considered a defeat. The country would no longer make any concessions to the USSR. It would do all it could to contain the...

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