The Truman Doctrine and the Korean War Analytical Essay by scribbler

A look at the Truman Doctrine and its influence on United States foreign policy.
# 152395 | 928 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2013 | US

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The paper offers a definition of the Truman Doctrine and sheds light on the rationale behind this policy. The paper discusses the Korean War as an extension of the Truman Doctrine and looks at how the war ended in a cease-fire, a stalemate and a divided North Korea. The paper also discusses how the Truman Doctrine impacted Eisenhower's presidency and led to his criticism of the 'military industrial complex'.

What is the Truman Doctrine?
Beginnings of Korean War
Modern History of Korea
Eisenhower and the Military-Industrial Complex

From the Paper:

"To understand the rationale behind the Truman Doctrine, it is essential to remember that Europe at the time was carved up into Soviet and American spheres of influence. Communist rebels were staging insurgencies in Greece and Turkey. Truman feared these states would become part of the Soviet sphere. The main purpose of Truman's speech was to announce that U.S. would support Greece and Turkey with economic and military aid to prevent these nations falling under Soviet influence. However, Truman's speech also created a mandate that affected U.S. foreign policy until the fall of the Berlin War.
"Truman's speech marked the beginning of the so-called notion of the 'containment doctrine' and the beginning of the Cold War. Truman said he was defending freedom, although in actual fact, the Greek Communist Party was fighting against the British support of the restoration of the unpopular Greek monarchy after World War II ("Truman Doctrine," The Oxford Companion to American Military History, 2000). However, any force that was fighting against communism was deemed to be free, even if it was involved in a nationalist struggle against right-wing powers. The Truman Doctrine was soon expanded to reflect what came to be known as the Domino Theory, the idea that if one nation fell to communism, the neighboring nations would similarly become 'infected' with the ideology (Clare 2008)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Clare, John. D. "Why did the Korean War break out in 1950?" GCSE Modern History Review. Updated July 2009. May 8, 2010.
  • Pike, John. "Korean War." Global Security. 2010. May 8, 2010.
  • Smith, Jean Edward. "How to end a war." The New York Times. April 11, 2009.May 8, 2010.
  • "Truman Doctrine." Full text available through the Avalon Project May 8, 2010 at
  • "Truman Doctrine." The Oxford Companion to American Military History. Oxford University Press, Inc., 2000. May 8, 2010.

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