New PDF release: America's Feeble Weapon: Funding the Marshall Plan in France

By C. Esposito

Unlike past experiences of the Marshall Plan, this quantity concentrates no longer on occasions in Washington, yet on these in France and Italy--the moment and 3rd biggest beneficiaries of the Plan. utilizing united states, French, and Italian resources, the writer analyzes the influence of the Plan on French and Italian fiscal coverage among 1948 and 1950. Taking neither a realist nor revisionist stance, the writer argues that vast American reduction to Western Europe was once a perceived political necessity--that American, French, and Italian governments shared with Truman the strategic-ideological aim of Communist containment. but, no longer all the philosophy embedded within the Plan will be applied, and American ideology didn't, as a result, have a decisive impact in reshaping postwar French or Italian financial policies.

The book's advent discusses the pursuits of the Marshall Plan and the way postwar political conditions led France and Italy to assorted fiscal restoration paths that will frequently conflict with American pursuits. the subsequent seven chapters learn how American officers sought to steer French and Italian monetary regulations. Chapters 2, three, and four disguise the French case; chapters five, 6, and seven, the Italian. The concluding bankruptcy presents an instantaneous comparability of the French and Italian reports and indicates implications for present historiographical debates.

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