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Ambiguous commitments and uncertain policies : the Truman Doctrine in Greece, 1947-1952 / Judith S. Jeffery.

By: Jeffery, Judith S, 1940-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Lanham, Md. : Lexington Books, c2000Description: xii, 342 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0739100467 (alk. paper).Subject(s): United States -- Foreign relations -- Greece | Greece -- Foreign relations -- United States | Economic assistance, American -- Greece | Military assistance, American -- Greece | Reconstruction (1939-1951) -- Greece | Greece -- Politics and government -- 1935-1967
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [319]-330) and index.

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Jeffery's fine monograph explores President Harry S. Truman's claim that the Truman Doctrine prevented a Communist Party takeover in Greece. The author examines American economic reforms in accordance with the evolving Marshall Plan and concludes the US was correct in its assessment that the Greek civil war had to end before economic and political stability could succeed. Britain's reduction of its role and Soviet intervention in Azerbaijan heightened the need for American action. Although communism was defeated, US economic aid did not give Truman as much influence as he wanted to restructure the Greek government along democratic lines. Jeffery emphasizes the role of Paul A. Porter, Truman's emissary to Greece. She identifies the Greek situation as a model for intervention and escalation in Vietnam under conditions that were quite different from those in Greece. The story of the Truman Doctrine in Greece has been told before. Two books, missing from the bibliography, invite comparison on key aspects of the author's thesis: Robert Hathaway's Ambiguous Partnership: Britain and American 1944-1947 (CH, Apr'92) and Melvyn Leffler's A Preponderance of Power: National Security, The Truman Administration and the Cold War (CH, Oct'92). Recommended for upper-division undergraduates and above. S. Prisco III; Stevens Institute of Technology

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Judith S. Jeffery received a Ph.D. in American Studies from Flinders University of South Australia. She is an archivist with the South Australian government.

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