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Truman Doctrine is that one of the primary objectives of American foreign policy was the creation of conditions in which United States and other nations will be able to work out a way of life free from coercion. With the Truman Doctrine, President Harry S. Truman established that the United States would provide political, military and economic assistance to all democratic nations under threat from external or internal authoritarianism. According to Truman Doctrine, America cannot realize its objectives unless it is willing to help free people to maintain their free institutions, and their national integrity against aggressive movements that seek to impose on them totalitarianism. According to Truman Doctrine, United States must support free peoples who are resisting attempted subjugation by a armed minority group or by outside pressures. The Truman Doctrine speech marked a change in American foreign policy. It was only a request to the Congress for funds in peacetime to defend two countries from pro-communist and Soviet pressure. The administration justified this request by emphasizing the danger of totalitarianism as opposed to democracy.

The Truman Doctrine was the result of a perceived threat of communism and the policy developed from it gave shape to the cold war and the polarization of the world into peoples in the sphere of influence of the two dominant world powers. Truman Doctrine, was an American challenge to Soviet ambitions throughout the world.

The Truman Doctrine effectively reoriented U.S. foreign policy, away from its usual stance of withdrawal from regional conflicts not directly involving the United States.

The Truman Doctrine arose from a speech delivered by President Truman before a joint session of Congress on March 12, 1947. The speech was due to announcement by the British Government that it would no longer provide military and economic assistance to the Greek Government in its civil war against the Greek Communist Party.

President Harry S. Truman asked for $400 million in assistance for Greece and Turkey and established a doctrine, aptly characterized the Truman Doctrine that would guide U.S. diplomacy. The Truman Doctrine has raised profound questions from historians regarding its origins and long-term consequences. Truman Doctrine announced America's post war embrace of global leadership.

The Truman Doctrine was due also to George Kennan’s 1946 telegram which argued that the US should follow a policy of ‘containment’ to stop Russian expansion. The Truman Doctrine also aided the French in their pursuit to maintain the Vietnamese colonies.

President Harry Truman

The Truman Doctrine was named after President Harry Truman who played a major role in guiding the world through the end of World War Two, and cemented the promotion of democracy as the centre piece of U.S. policy.

Truman developed the Truman Doctrine, the formal commitment of the United States to stand in defense of freedom after World War Two.

President Truman said that the U.S. must take immediate and resolute action to support Greece and Turkey. Out of the President's message came the Truman Doctrine.

Greek Crisis and the Truman Doctrine: A Rationale for Intervention -
Abstract: The fall of the Greek democracy to communist guerillas threatened to allow the Soviet Union to dominate southern Europe. There was dispute as to the nature of the rationale which the Truman administration should advance in support of the US aid package.

Greece and the Truman Doctrine - Fricas, John
Abstract : The Truman Doctrine has generally been perceived as the decisive factor which led to the defeat of the communist insurgency in Greece in 1949. Truman Doctrine is also credited with having stopped the spread of Soviet expansion in Europe and the Balkans. An attempt is made to divine the importance, effectiveness and meaning of the Truman Doctrine as an American foreign policy.