TITLE

WAS THE TRUMAN DOCTRINE A REAL TURNING POINT?

AUTHOR(S)
Gaddis, John Lewis
PUB. DATE
January 1974
SOURCE
Foreign Affairs;Jan1974, Vol. 52 Issue 2, p386
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article analyzes the historical significance of the proclamation made by former U.S. President Harry S. Truman on March 12, 1974, stating that the country should help people who are resisting attempted subjugation by armed minorities or outside pressures. There can be no doubt that Truman did employ sweeping rhetoric, implying an unprecedented commitment to resist communism wherever it appeared. But gaps between rhetoric and reality in U.S. foreign policy have often been large. Indeed, such gaps might be said to constitute a defining characteristic of the country's diplomacy. Any reassessment of the Truman Doctrine should consider how far the statement represented a radical departure from policies the U.S. was already following, and to what extent the Truman administration sought to implement the wide-ranging program it so resoundingly proclaimed. Truman was hardly breaking new ground when he described the world as polarized between democracy and totalitarianism: the American commitment to oppose totalitarian threats to the balance of power in Europe goes back at least to 1940, and possibly to 1917. What was novel about the Truman Doctrine was not that it marked any fundamental shift in the basic objectives of U.S. foreign policy, but rather that it indicated the emergence of a new challenge to those objectives in the postwar behavior of the Soviet Union.
ACCESSION #
5802808

 

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