What were the differences between the Dawes and Marshall plans.

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The Dawes Plan and Marshall Plan were similar in that they were both meant to try to help European countries' economies recover from the impacts of the world wars.  However, there are some important differences:

  • The Dawes Plan involved more Allied control of the Germany (the main country affected by the plan).  It would, for example, give the Allies the power to reorganize Germany's central bank.  The Marshall Plan did not try to "meddle" so much.
  • The Dawes Plan involved mainly the forgiveness of loans and the reduction of reparations.  In other words, the Dawes Plan was about not making people pay things back.  By contrast, the Marshall Plan was actually involved in giving money to the countries and in giving them in-kind donations.

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