Winner of the 2018 American Academy of Diplomacy Douglas Dillon Award
It’s the wake of World War II, the dawn of the Cold War. Britain’s empire is collapsing; Stalin’s is on the rise; the United States is in the thick of it. Our mission: to reconstruct the economy in western Europe and, at the same time, discourage its countries from embracing communism. The Marshall Plan is a massive, costly and ambitious undertaking with heavy opposition. Stalin is determined to crush it and undermine American power in Europe. While the Prague coup, Berlin blockade and the division of Germany lead to the collapse of US-Soviet postwar relations, the Marshall Plan drives the creation of NATO, the European Union, and a Western identity that continues to shape world events today.