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Title: Unit 9, Essay Question #6
Description: Successes/Failures of Containment Policy


Jessica_Elinburg - March 31, 2009 12:47 AM (GMT)
Unit IX, Essay Question #6

Analyze the successes and failure of the United States Cold War policy of containment as it developed in TWO of the following regions of the world during the period 1945 to 1975.
(1) East and Southeast Asia
(2) Europe

(3) Latin America
(4) Middle East


When George Kennan coined the idea of the containment policy to ward off the threat of communism abroad, the United States foreign policy adjusted to meet the demands of the new ideology. In Europe, the Truman Doctrine, NATO, the Marshall Plan, and the Berlin Airlift all effectively combated communism and thrust democratic entities ahead in economic and political prosperity. In Asia, the United States effectively intervened to help Japan set up a egalitarian constitution, much like their own, and fought communism to a stand – still during the Korean War. All in all, the United States Cold War policy of containment can be considered a success when considering the occurrences that took place in Europe and Asia.

Kristoffer Leon and Jessica Elinburg

O'Connor - March 31, 2009 09:07 PM (GMT)
The period of time between 1945 and 1975 was a time period of fear and anxiety as the cold war had begun to show it's ugly face. The united states, in a desperate attempt to halt the spread of communism, began it's infamous policy of containment spending billions of American dollars trying to keep the world capitalist. Two parts of the world the US was interested in were China and Korea. The Korean War posed a threat to capitaliam as well as the rise of the communist party in China. While the US spent a great deal of time and money in these areas it can be seen that while the policy of containment partially suceeded in korea, it utterly failed with the Chinese Nationalists in China

Nicole - March 31, 2009 09:17 PM (GMT)
Essay 6

During the years 1945 through 1975, the Cold War Containment Policy was pushed for success by American leaders. Starting with President Truman, in 1945, this policy was meant to rebel against communism of the USSR. Americans’ fear of communism became an overall distress for the nation and before long; countries in Europe and East and Southeast Asia were becoming involved with the “fight against Communism.” Korea, in 1950, broke out in war between its Northern and Southern province, fighting communism. North and South Korea signed an armistice to stop the fight, but never signed a peace treaty, hence, “epic failure.” Also, during Truman’s presidency, the Marshall Plan was created to help Europe rebuild their war torn country. This plan was, in fact, a success on both countries part. Both European and East and Southeast Asian countries all had several successes and several failures with policies dealing with the set back of Communism.

Ashley and Nicole

O'Connor - March 31, 2009 09:23 PM (GMT)
that other one by the way coach was josh and i

MANBEARPIG - March 31, 2009 11:55 PM (GMT)
During the Cold War, America was fearful of a widespread and prosperous wrath of communism that would possibly blanket over the whole world and therefore enacted several policies within Europe and Asia that were the feed for both betterment and failure. An example of how America aided Europe was the initiation of the Marshall Plan which sought to help out any European country that had to endure the torment of communism. America became involved in Asia as well including the engaging of American occupancy in the Korean War and the fight against North Korea and communism that later ended in an armistice between north korea and south korea which never really counted as a true success. All in all, american containment policy within Europe and Asia provided for both a success in the ladder of breaking down communism and a worthless involvment in trying to stop communism.


Chris Gomez and Jake Jacob

Greenie - March 31, 2009 11:58 PM (GMT)
In the late 1940s, Harry S. Truman proposed a containment policy to ward off the threat of communism overseas, which forced the adjustment of United States foreign policy to meet the demands of the new ideology. The implementation of the Truman Doctrine, the Marshall Plan, and the Berlin Airlift all effectively staved off communism in Europe and pushed democratic entities ahead of communism in economic and political prosperity. Across the Pacific, the United States swiftly and effectively intervened in Japan to set up an egalitarian constitution, and made a stand to fight communism in Asia. As a whole, the United States policy of containment during the Cold War can be considered a success with regards to its implementation in Europe and Asia.

Jacob Spratling & Alex Yox

k McMillin - April 1, 2009 12:15 AM (GMT)
As communism tensions seemed to sweep across each region of the globe during 1945 and 1975, the United States formulated multiple successful containment policies to try fight against the rising evil that was the communist nations. Following World War II, Europe had continued battling the communist threats; therefore the U.S. took action in establishing beneficial measures, such as the Marshall Plan and the Truman Doctrine, to aid those falling to communism. To the east the United States intervened in the civil war in Korea and containing communism in the north after a mutual armistice between the regions, and in addition to Korea, the U.S. was contributing their containment to Japan by helping the nation to create a constitution similar to America's in order to create a stable nation. The United States set out to contain the spread of communism throughout the world in the actions of their Cold War policy and proved to be successful in the European and Asian nations.

Kathryn and Jessie

Luke S. - April 1, 2009 01:24 AM (GMT)
Essay 6
U.S. foreign diplomacy relating to Truman’s containment era was very successful in the aspect of the European nations along with East and Southeast Asia. When President Harry S. Truman stepped into office, his first mindset was aimed at containing the Soviet “threat”. His legislation that addressed the issue include the Truman Doctrine and Marshall Plan in which he aided several countries economically against the failure of Communism. In Asia, economically “free” South Korea was invaded by North Korea in attempt by the Chinese to spread Communism. This Domino Effect was stopped dead in its tracks by foreign intervention including the U.S. The Vietnam War is another example of American interference to stop Communism in a situation similar to the Koreas where the line was also drawn to limit the extent of China and Soviet Russia’s circle of influence. Overall, these attempts to stop the growth of Communist ideals ended in success economically and politically in Europe through the hundreds of millions of dollars in the American “stimulus” plans and at the 38th and 17th parallels in Southeast Asia after years of fighting between Communist and Egalitarian governments.

Luke and Philip

SupaFlyy - April 1, 2009 02:20 AM (GMT)

Essay #6

After the Second World War, America became increasingly concerned with and cautious of communism and its motivated acts in various countries. Truman decided the best way to handle the immediate threat was by containing it to the already “infected” areas. This policy of containment was best exhibited in Europe and south, south-east Asia. America halted most communist acts in Europe and Korea quite successfully, but failed somewhat in south, south-east Asia. Communism was extinguished radically in Korea, but was spread throughout Vietnam, resulting in a failure for Truman and his policy of containment.

Kyle Donaldson and Joseph Fridge

BlueDevil - April 1, 2009 04:04 AM (GMT)
Truman’s policy of containment after World War 2 and during the Cold War succeeded in some places but failed in others. The policy was a success in Europe with the Truman Doctrine and NATO in effect to combat communism. Although, some might say that Asia was the exception, but Japan became revived with a new government much like the U.S.’s. Also, there is Korea which part of it surrendered to communism’s evil ways, but not all was lost as South Korea became free from the tyranny of communism. All things considered the U.S. successfully contained communism in Europe and East and Southeast Asia, because of the Truman Doctrine and the spread of their governmental policies.

Joey Stone and Alex Cook

leoveiga - April 1, 2009 10:57 PM (GMT)
From 1945 to 1975, Americas foreign policy was geared towards containing communism by supporting any countries threatened by communist nations. America had already defeated major communist forces in WWII, and was did not want to lose what it had fought so hard for. To do this, America pumped enormous amounts of money into Europe by means of the Marshall Plan, and gave 400 million dollars to help Greece and Turkey defend themselves from the threat of communism, as called for under the Truman Doctrine. The successes of the American containment policy can also be seen by setting up a new Constitution in japan and helping south korea defend itself from the threat of north korea.



Leo & Annalise

JacoB - April 2, 2009 01:04 AM (GMT)
From 1945- 1975 the United States experieced ample amounts of fear from the threat of communism. This hysteria helped to push to United States into an offensive position in order to contain the threat of communism. In Europe, the U.S. experienced great success with the Truman Doctrine, NATO, and the Marshall Plan. Eastern Asia, though, was not a successful, with the struggle with Korea, as well as the relientless Viet Cong, which was outstanding in draining the United States' emotional and monetary resources. Thus, the United States was partially victorious in its efforts to keep communism contained.

Jacob Spires and Erika (Mr. T)

Porter - April 2, 2009 01:06 AM (GMT)
Essay #6

The United States policy of containment worked in Europe and East and South east Asia. The Marshall Plan and Truman Doctrine gave aid to any European countries combatitng Communism. This aid helped the stop of Communism and stopped the spread to any European Nations. In Korea, the United States halted the spread of communism thus breaking the Domino theory. An armistice was signed and South Korea still stands as capitalist. The United States also set up the Japanese government after the example of the U.S.'s government. While Vietnam was lost completely to Communism because of lack of public support, over all most spread of communism was brought to a hurried halt.

Jacob Porter, Haniel Roman, and Caleb Winslett

eddie rodriguez - April 2, 2009 01:19 AM (GMT)
To avoid the theory of the "domino theory" the United States prominately contained two areas in the world, Eurpe and Asia. In Europe, the Truman Doctrine, Marshall Plan and Berlin Airlift all helped to ward off the threat to not only little countries but major super powers, Great Britain and France, from falling to the wrath of communism. Ultimately containment policies in Asia helped one country adopt a constitution similar to ours. However, not all countries could be saved from the shawdow of communism. Overall the containment of communism can be seen as a successful failure as NASA would put it.

Eddie Rodriguez and Spencer Cantor

PDizzle - April 2, 2009 01:41 AM (GMT)
Essay #6

After World War II, America's foreign policies transformed under the Truman presidency allowing its central focus to be on that of containing communism and supporting the counties that felt threaten by the newfound foe. With the implementation of policies such as the Truman Doctrine and Marshal Plan, United States began to realize the necessity of supporting European countries from Communism and from within. America's grasp reached all over the world including the Asia where the United States supported Japan and Korea ultimately being the "police" for democracy. Thus, America successfully spread their influence throughout Europe and Asia with support inevitably by containing communism.


George Patrick Doyle IV
Derrick Max Bland
"Do It"

DRTHVDR - April 2, 2009 02:29 AM (GMT)
6. The Cold War was a time of uncertainty fueled and propagated by the American Government. The United States was fearful and hysterical and panic stricken about the possible spread of communism. Stalin, the leader of the U.S.S.R. was a primary reason for this alarm. His determination and his ability to instill determination in his people was a weapon America was unable to combat. Fidel Castro was another reason for alarm due to the proximity to America. Although America tried to implement a policy of containment their over eagerness in regards to Communism only caused heightened tensions between America and other nations.

James Cims
Nicholas Cowman

slemaux - April 2, 2009 03:42 AM (GMT)
America has always been fretful of the spreading of Communism. The Domino Theory was very known and many Americans felt the need to take all measures necessary to prevent it from becoming reality. Thus, the idea of Containment was created. The Truman Doctrine and Marshall Plan aided many European countries economically against the failure of Communism. The United States assisted South Korea in the war to contain Communism in only North Korea, a strategic move that aided the South Eastern countries in Asia. In addition to aiding South Korea, The United States also set up the Japanese government after the example of the U.S.'s government. While Vietnam was failed into the tight grip of Communism, many countries in Europe and Southeast Asia halted spread of communism.


Sarah Lemaux and Lauryn Farver




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