The Marshall Plan: America, Britain and the Reconstruction of Western Europe, 1947-1952 / Edition 1

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Overview

Michael Hogan shows how The Marshall Plan was more than an effort to put American aid behind the economic reconstruction of Europe. American officials hoped to refashion Western Europe into a smaller version of the integrated single-market and mixed capitalist economy that existed in the United States. Professor Hogan's emphasis on integration is part of a major reinterpretation that sees the Marshall Plan as an extension of American domestic and foreign-policy developments stretching back through the interwar period to the Progressive Era. Michael Hogan is Professor of History at Ohio State University and editor of Diplomatic History.

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"As a detailed account of Anglo-American economic diplomacy in the early post-war era it has no rival." The Times Literary Supplement

"...goes far beyond description and analysis. Hogan's ambitious, closely reasoned and strongly supported argument is that the Marshall Plan...was a bold attempt to project the American corporative-political economy across the Atlantic." Publishers Weekly

"Hogan's book puts the Marshall Plan into its proper historical context, so that the view of it from its fortieth anniversary needs to be modified....there now exists for the first time a definitive study." International History Review

"With the publication of Michael Hogan's book we now have the first full diplomatic history of the Marshall Plan. The work is large in size and scope and as accurate and comprehensive in its coverage as could reasonably be expected. To my knowledge there are no relevant archival materials the author has left unexplored in the United States and the United Kingdom and he has used them well." Alan S. Milward, Diplomatic History

"Michael Hogan's learned and authoritative study of the European Recovery Program is the fullest yet written, not only in the sense of page numbers but also in the sense of illuminating important aspects of the subject that have been previously neglected." Business History Review

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Hogan's ``ambitious, closely reasoned and strongly supported argument,'' asserted PW , is that the Marshall Plan was an outgrowth of pre-WW II American business trends and that it attempted to project the American corporative-political economy across the Atlantic. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Hogan judges the Marshall Plan to be the most successful peacetime foreign policy carried out by the United States in this century. While this is not, perhaps, an especially courageous conclusion, considering our somewhat uneven record, the author's opinion and arguments have merit and so does his assessment of the period encompassing this $12 billion package of postwar aid to Europe. Whereas the United States had the expectation of creating a Europe in its own image, French and British interests had other, more independent intentions. The Marshall Plan ultimately did succeed in creating a stronger, multinational Europe, but it certainly did not do so in a way America had planned. A worthwhile purchase for most libraries, Hogan's work will no doubt become one of the seminal histories of postwar cooperation and development. Jeff Northrup, Birmingham P.L., Ala.
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Table of Contents

Introduction Toward the Marshall Plan: from New Era designs to New Deal synthesis; 1. Searching for a 'creative peace': European integration and the origins of the Marshall Plan; 2. Paths to plenty: European recovery planning and the American policy compromise; 3. European union or middle kingdom: Anglo-American formulations, the German problem, and the organizational dimension of the ERP; 4. Strategies of transnationalism: the ECA and the politics of peace and productivity; 5. Changing course: European integration and the traders triumphant; 6. Two worlds or three: the sterling crisis, the dollar gap, and the integration of Western Europe; 7. Between union and unity: European integration and the sterling-dollar dualism; 8. Holding the line: the ECA's efforts to reconcile recovery and rearmament; 9. Guns and butter: politics and diplomacy at the end of the Marshall Plan; Conclusion America made the European way; Bibliography; Index.

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