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Comprehension
2a Which papers supported Truman's speech?
2b What concerns did Truman's supporters express?
2c Is it fair to say that the Belgians generally believed the Truman Doctrine was a case of American imperialism?
2d Did they seem happy or unhappy with this?
2e Make a list of the criticisms of Truman in the Belgian press.

Analysis and Interpretation
2f Is the example of press reactions in Belgium useful for historians trying to assess the effect of the Truman Doctrine on opinions in Europe? Explain your answer.
2g Are there any quotes or points in this source you could use to ask Truman some tough questions?

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Look at your answers to the questions on source 2.
  • Has this source given you any ideas about awkward questions to ask the leaders?
  • What evidence have you found which you think they will find hard to explain?
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    Extracts from a Foreign office report on reactions to the Truman Doctrine expressed in the newspapers in Belgium, March 1947

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    Extracts from a Foreign office report on reactions to the Truman Doctrine expressed in the newspapers in Belgium, March 1947