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American Foreign Policy

  • Why did wartime allies engage in hostile diplomacy and military build-up after World War II?

  • Was any one Great Power at fault?

  • Did the Long Telegram or NSC-68 have a greater impact on US Foreign Policy
  • Did Truman's approach differ from Eisenhower's?
  • What were the issues that brought confrontation between NATO and the Warsaw Pact in the 1950s?

Major Problems in American History, Volume II: Since 1865

Chapter Ten "The Cold War and the Nuclear Age" pp.297-329.


1. National Archives. Harry Truman and the Atomic Bomb
2. George Kennan’s Long Telegram (1946)
3. The Truman Doctrine (1947)
4. Marshall Plan (1948)
5. NATO (1949)
6. National Security Council Paper No. 68 [NSC-68] (1950)


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