US economic aid to Europe after World War 2 to help those countries, in particular Germany, to recover from the destruction the war had caused. It also served to prevent the Soviets from gaining any influence in the countries that accepted American aid and enabled Western Europe to economically recover and turn into allied democracies. Needless to say, the countries under Soviet domination did not accept the Marshall Plan. As for the Western Europeans, I wish I could say they were forever very grateful but that sadly has not appeared to be the case. I just went through all of that just to have some blacksmith say pretty much the same thing?
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The Marshall Plan (officially the European Recovery Program, ERP) was the American program to aid Europe where the United States gave monetary support to help rebuild European economies after the end of World War II in order to prevent the spread of Soviet Communism. The plan was in operation for four years beginning in April 1948. The goals of the United States were to rebuild a war-devastated region, remove trade barriers, modernize industry, and make Europe prosperous again.