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The Council of Europe, 1949

The material assistance and the moral encouragement provided by the Marshall Plan brought a powerful new impetus to the campaign for European unity. In fact, it can be said that the American policy of economic aid, coupled with the pressure of the Communist danger, created conditions in which, for the first time, the unification of Europe became a practical possibility.

The Council of Europe, 1949-1959. Strasbourg, France: Directorate of Information of the Council of Europe, 1959. Print.

Which of the following conclusions about the immediate period after World War Two is most directly supported by the passage above?

A

The cultural importance of consumerism increased in Western and Central Europe.

B

The rise of the Communist danger in Eastern Europe inhibited the growth of European unity after World War Two.

C

The Marshall Plan stimulated an extended period of growth in Western and Central Europe.

D

Massive social dislocations were no longer an issue in 20th Century Europe.

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