In the wake of World War II, a new menace in the form of communist authoritarianism cast a shadow on the healing European continent. Under the leadership of Secretary of State George C. Marshall, the U.S. spearheaded the reconstruction of Western Europe and reinforced alliances to prevent the region from falling under Soviet domination. Discover how these efforts inspired the creation of NATO and the European Union and how the conflicts that emerged during the Cold War continue to resonate to this day.
Benn Steil, the author of The Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold War, is the winner of the 2019 New-York Historical Society Barbara and David Zalaznick Book Prize in American History. Timothy Naftali (moderator) is a clinical associate professor of public service and history at New York University.
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