Effectively, through economic renewal of war torn European nations, the Truman administration wanted to prevent communist revolutionary inroads into Western Europe; it also wanted to secure the region from military attack.
Truman's communist containment policy may have prohibited communism from capturing Western Europe, but it did not prevent the Soviets from strengthening their hold on Eastern Europe and developing the atomic bomb, the Chinese Communists from toppling Chiang Kai-shek, or the North Koreans from crossing the 38th parallel. The establishment of a communist government in Poland confirmed Truman's suspicions that Stalin had not honoured his word given at Yalta. Poland was to be given back the right to free elections, Stalin refused to comply:
"The Soviet government cannot agree to the existence in Poland of a government hostile to itaE Stalin
After the war there was a large shift in the structure of the 'super-powers'. America emerged victorious; Britain was damaged economically and politically, as were the Soviets but to a lesser extent. This meant that the Soviets were now one of the leading powers in the world. Although Britain was see