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Abundance and Anxiety: America, 1945-1960 by Gary A. Donaldson

By Gary A. Donaldson

The usa had super possibilities after international warfare II. The nation's commercial may possibly, geared to defeat Germany and Japan, may perhaps now be fascinated about household construction. actual wages have been up, the GNP used to be at the upward thrust, business creation used to be up, and inflation used to be less than keep an eye on. the longer term regarded brilliant for the common American. yet this abundance was once punctuated with anxiousness. inside of 4 years of the top of the warfare, the Soviet Union had develop into the hot enemy: they'd the bomb and China and japanese Europe had fallen into the Soviet sphere of impression. those issues, the abundance of the growing to be economic system and the anxiousness of the chilly struggle, outlined the interval from 1945-1960.

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Finally, in December, Marshall gave up trying to mediate a settlement and the Truman administration began distancing itself from Jiang and the Nationalists. A Communist victory seemed certain, a victory that surprised Washington in 1949 only because of the speed of the Nationalist collapse, not its inevitability. 18 The fall of China would have far-reaching implications for American foreign policy in the Far East, and it would affect American domestic politics for at least thirty years. Korea was a cold war hot spot in the making.

Kim was a staunch Communist with strong ties to Moscow, and an ex-guerrilla commander in the war against Japan. In Washington all eyes were focused on Germany and eastern Europe; no one envisioned Korea as a growing problem. Other problems were developing in Vietnam. This poorly run French colony was occupied by the Japanese in 1941. After the war a group of Vietnamese nationalists led by Ho Chi Minh demanded independence for Vietnam. And Roosevelt, who opposed almost every demand from the French after the war, was willing to grant it.

Against the urgings of Secretary of State Stettinius, Truman responded to Stalin’s actions in Poland by lecturing the Soviet foreign secretary, Vyacheslav Molotov, in ‘‘words of one syllable,’’ as the president later recalled. He demanded that a new Polish government be organized with more representation for the London Poles. In the now famous exchange between Truman and Molotov, the president insisted ‘‘sharply’’ three separate times that the Soviet Union carry out its part of the agreements made at Yalta in regard to Poland.

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