During a visit to the United States in April 1948, Jean Monnet sends a letter to Robert Schuman in which he confirms the United States’ desire to help with the reconstruction of Western Europe in order to curb Soviet expansion.
On 24 February 1949, the German weekly newspaper Die Zeit describes US efforts to revive the economy in Europe and outlines the possibilities available to Germany in order for it to consolidate its position on the international stage.
On 5 November 1959, the French daily newspaper Le Monde considers the European issues to be discussed at the meeting in Paris between Dean Acheson, US Secretary of State, Ernest Bevin, British Foreign Minister, and his French counterpart, Robert Schuman.
On 5 January 1946, US President Harry S. Truman sends a letter to his Secretary of State, James F. Byrnes, who is on a visit to Moscow, in which he criticises Soviet Union policy in the European countries under Soviet influence.
‘Ruler and Compass’. On 20 March 1948, cartoonist Woop illustrates the objective of US foreign policy, which, since the address given by US President Harry S. Truman to Congress on 12 March 1947, has sought to contain Soviet expansion in the world.
On 26 December 1972, the French daily newspaper Le Monde leads with the death of former US President Harry S. Truman and looks back at the career of the man behind the ‘Truman Doctrine’ and his unwavering stance towards the Soviet Union.
On 20 July 1944, the first Commission created by the Bretton Woods (New Hampshire) Conference gives a positive assessment of the work relating to the establishment of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
On 22 July 1944, in his closing address, Henry Morgenthau, Jr, US Secretary of the Treasury and Chairman of the Bretton Woods Conference, welcomes the establishment of the International Monetary Fund and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
On 20 July 1944, in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, delegates from 44 countries sign agreements which establish the gold exchange standard and make the US dollar the only reserve currency convertible into gold.
In 1944, at the close of the Bretton Woods (New Hampshire) monetary conference, John Maynard Keynes, renowned international economist and financial adviser to the British Treasury, gives a speech in which he emphasises the urgent need to set up an International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD).
On 7 March 1945, Henry Morgenthau Jr, US Secretary of the Treasury, outlines the economic and political importance of the Bretton Woods Agreements in an address to the Committee on Banking and Currency of the House of Representatives in Washington.
On 26 July 1945, the French daily newspaper Le Monde comments on the US Senate’s ratification of the Bretton Woods Monetary Agreement and describes the dominant role of the dollar and the United States in the new international monetary system.