Truman and Chinese Civil War

Truman and Chinese Civil War - Skye Wallin October 12, 2007...

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Skye Wallin October 12, 2007 Q-Paper Why Not? There are many possible explanations for why the Truman Administration did not make a military commitment to the non-communist faction in the Chinese civil war— though they remain speculative, the contributing factors that Professor Ernest R. May identifies seem to properly conclude this question. The essential reasons attributed to the non- interventionist policy were the assumptions and fears of Truman and his advisors, the political situation and organization in Washington, and the reluctance of the Nationalist government to allow full American involvement. Truman’s advisors were very firm in their belief that there was too much risk involved with military intervention in China. Advisors Marshall and Lovett, war veterans, did not feel the need to “prove” themselves in the political arena, and they were experienced enough to stick to their beliefs on the non-interventionist policy. The Administration feared
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course EAST 233 taught by Professor Keenan during the Fall '07 term at Denison.

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