By C. Esposito
Unlike prior reviews of the Marshall Plan, this quantity concentrates now not on occasions in Washington, yet on these in France and Italy--the moment and 3rd greatest beneficiaries of the Plan. utilizing united states, French, and Italian resources, the writer analyzes the effect of the Plan on French and Italian monetary coverage among 1948 and 1950. Taking neither a realist nor revisionist stance, the writer argues that huge American reduction to Western Europe used to be a perceived political necessity--that American, French, and Italian governments shared with Truman the strategic-ideological target of Communist containment. but, no longer the entire philosophy embedded within the Plan might be carried out, and American ideology didn't, consequently, have a decisive impression in reshaping postwar French or Italian financial policies.
The book's advent discusses the ambitions of the Marshall Plan and the way postwar political situations led France and Italy to multiple fiscal restoration paths that will frequently conflict with American targets. the next seven chapters study how American officers sought to persuade French and Italian monetary regulations. Chapters 2, three, and four hide the French case; chapters five, 6, and seven, the Italian. The concluding bankruptcy offers an instantaneous comparability of the French and Italian reports and indicates implications for present historiographical debates.
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America's Feeble Weapon: Funding the Marshall Plan in France and Italy, 1948-1950: Funding the Marshall Plan in France and Italy, 1948-50 (Contributions to the Study of World History) by C. Esposito