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The Truman administration and China, 1945-1949

Author: Ernest R May
Publisher: Philadelphia : Lippincott, [1975]
Series: America's alternatives series.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ernest R May
ISBN: 0397473281 9780397473281
OCLC Number: 1121165
Description: xiii, 112 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Part One: The Truman administration and China --
1. 1945: "A united, democratically progressive, and cooperative China" --
Reportage from China --
The policymakers in Washington --
2. Mediation to achieve unification: General Marshall's mission to China --
Growing sentiment for support of the nationalists --
3. Military aid to Nationalist China --
The diplomats' perspectives --
The military's perspectives --
The bureaucratic structure of military decision making --
The state department's perspectives --
4. Military advisors for nationalist forces: General Wedemeyer's mission to China --
"Moral encouragement and material aid" --
5. Intervention in the Chinese Civil war --
Public and congressional pressure for aid --
6. A policy of nonintervention --
Aid to China and Europe: Limiting considerations --
The China Aid act: "Three cheers for the nationalist government" --
Marshall's decision against military involvement --
Retrospect: If Vietnam, why not China? --
The factual bases of the decisions --
The perceptual bases of the decisions --
The economic bases of the decisions --
The critical variables in the decisions: psychological factors --
Organizational factors --
Environmental factors --
Determining the decisive factors: the limits of historical analysis --
Part Two: Documents of the decision --
Wartime policy and the outlook from Washington after the war --
United States policy objectives defined, January 1945 --
"The situation in China: a discussion of United States policy with respect thereto" --
"A desperate state of affairs" --
General Marshall's mission to China --
Directives for Marshall's mission --
America's commitment to Chiang Kai-shek: December, 1945 --
General Marshall: Obstacles to peaceful unification --
The question of military aid to nationist China --
Military aid and American interests --
View from the state department: to limit military involvement --
Establishing the advisory groups --
Suggested concessions from Chiang --
The joint chiefs of staff advocate military aid --
Policy differences between the state department and the joint chiefs of staff --
Marshall seeks a solution --
General Wedemeyer's mission to China --
Truman's directive to Wedemeyer --
Wedemeyer's recommendations --
Limited military aid to nationalist China --
Viewpoint of the army advisory gropu: A need for emergency measures --
The cost of military aid --
Rendering effective assistance: Increase military aid --
Determining the form of assistance --
Rejecting responsibility for Chinese strategy and plans --
"Gambler's choice in China" --
an opinion from the left --
"China: A report to the American people" --
An opinion from the right --
Report of a Gallup poll, April 28, 1948 --
The policy of nonintervention --
Marshall's views on the China Aid act --
The senate foreign relations committee in executive session --
Further executive session deliberations of the state foreign relations committee --
The China aid act, April 3, 1948 --
Report from the national security council on short-term aid --
The military situation in China: June, 1948 --
"The U.S. Government should not attempt to run the Chinese Government's war" --
The United States must not get "sucked in" --
"Inaction will not be in our interests" --
Marshall reaffirms his decision --
Report of Gallup polls, December 15, 1948.
Series Title: America's alternatives series.
Responsibility: Ernest R. May.

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