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What were the conditions in postwar Europe that have inspired the Marshall Plan?

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With the majority of the fighting in World War II occurring in Europe, it can be assumed how destroyed many of its countries were by its end. With the tensions starting to rise between the Soviets and the U.S., the two superpowers started competing for the influence in Europe. The Soviets had a head start in East Europe, much of which they liberated from Nazi Germany and had installed their own governments in. Afraid of their intention to increase their sphere of influence, the U.S government passed the Marshall Plan. This was their attempt to send huge amounts of financial aid to Europe in the hope some of its countries would rebuild themselves and set up democratic systems and capitalist economies instead of turning to the Soviets for help.

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