Truman Case Studies

  • William A. BoettcherIII


The Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union began during the Truman administration. The World War II alliance, cobbled together by the personal diplomacy of Franklin Roosevelt, fell apart as the victors squabbled over the postwar settlement. The tensions that emerged between Truman and Stalin during the Potsdam conference would result in disagreements over the composition of governments in almost every liberated area. The threat that held the allies together during the war was replaced by the perceived opportunity to reshape the world in one’s own image and secure access to economic resources and global markets. The decisions made by the Truman administration between 1945 and 1951 would shape U.S. foreign policy for the next 45 years.


Foreign Policy Aspiration Level Central Intelligence Agency Decision Period National Security Council 
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© William A. Boettcher III 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • William A. BoettcherIII
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  1. 1.North Carolina State UniversityUSA

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