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Comprehension

6a There are a lot of difficult statements and phrases in this document. Match the right extract from the source with the correct simplified explanation.

Statement
Simplified version
whose productive capacities have only not diminished during the war but have considerably increased getting countries to owe money to the USA so they have to buy US goods
utilising her credit possibilities for the expansion of her external markets until now everyone has always agreed that
Hitherto it has been regarded as axiomatic that economic plan which all European countries have to agree to follow
all embracing economic programme for European countries
the US economy ended war stronger than it started, unlike all the other countries in the war


Analysis and Interpretation
6b Does this article have anything good to say about the Marshall Plan or the USA?
6c The USSR criticised the Marshall Plan as the USA trying to achieve its political aims through 'dollar diplomacy'. How does this source help to explain the term 'dollar diplomacy'?

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Look at your answers to the questions on source 6.
  • 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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    An article in the Soviet newspaper Pravda commenting on the Marshall Plan, June 29th 1947

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    An article in the Soviet newspaper Pravda commenting on the Marshall Plan, June 29th 1947
    An article in the Soviet newspaper Pravda commenting on the Marshall Plan, June 29th 1947