Greece and the Truman Doctrine.
Stolfi, Russel H.S.
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The Truman Doctrine has generally been perceived as the decisive factor which led to the defeat of the communist insurgency in Greece in 1949. This doctrine is also credited with having stopped the spread of Soviet expansion in Europe and the Balkans. However, available historical data does not support the argument that Greece was saved from communism by U.S. aid and assistance. In fact, current information indicates that the raisons d'etre for this policy were based on misperceptions and the lack of accurate information. Grave doubts about the efficacy of the Truman Doctrine have also been cast by the continued spread of communism beginning with the communist victory in China in 1949 and the Korean War in 1950. This thesis is devoted to determining the real impact of the Truman Doctrine on the Greek civil war (1947-1949). In addition, an attempt is made to divine the importance, effectiveness and meaning of the Truman Doctrine as an American foreign policy.
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