Europe during the Cold War The Marshall Plan; The Rise of NATO; and the Rise of the European Union The turbulent history of Europe is filled with many extraordinary moments; of that, there can be no doubt. However, the next few pages will look at the three most significant events affecting the development of Europe during the Cold War and will outline their impact upon the Europe of today. As will become evident, three events near the beginning of the Cold War shaped Europe dramatically and continue to shape the continent to this very day: the Marshall Plan (which allowed the continent to not fall wholly into the hands of the Soviets); the arrival of NATO (which formalized European reliance upon American military might); and the...The end:
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