Is it true that the Marshall Plan accepted planned economies in Europe?
#106360. Asked by author. (Jun 16 09 5:57 AM)
It's true that the Marshall Plan was all about money. |
At: http://www.answers.com ,just put 'Marshall Plan' in the search box and keep scrolling down, the info does go on. The Plan was meant to help reconstruct Europe, which was in bad shape after WWII, and to build trade...again, all about the money. It was in place between 1948 to 1951.
The Plan (at first)only had one stipulation: The money ($13.5 billion dollars) couldn't be used to buy military weapons, but that changed after 1950 to help Europe rearm.
Re: the Plan- "hisorians still argue about its intentions...but it was phenomenally successful in that it raised the GNP in western Europe by 25%."
As it happens, the plan was "offered" -"17 countries" took it. And as it happens in this old world, at least one country is documented to have used the money beFORe it was meant to rearm, in indirect ways, to continue war in Indochina. The USSR declined it altogether.
This Plan is the foundation of NATO and the Atlantic Alliance. The rest you historians can puzzle over; a safe link is provided. Nice to learn these things.
A very direct answer to your question: the money was given with only that one stipulation about how to spend it, as far as I saw it. Any plans European countries had for it, they used it for.
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