HIS 8 - Evol of US Policy

HIS 8 - Evol of US Policy - Evolution of US Policy...

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Evolution of US Policy 1945-1954 30/01/2008 10:04:00 French involvement ended with Dien Bien Phu American involvement in Indochina was gradual Reversal of original policy in some ways o Originally, some US people adopted neutralism, some actually  supported Vietminh o But with growth of Cold War tension, policy changed and US began to  support French.  By 1954, US was actively directing French strategy US didn’t feel French were sufficiently committed Franklin Delano Roosevelt Some claim that if he had lived, he would have prevented the French from  returning to Indochina, sparing the West 30 years of warfare Others claim that his policy already contained the seeds of later American  commitment, so it didn’t matter. Sensed that old-style imperialism was dead after WWII Disliked colonialism, embedded in American liberal tradition 1943, FDR told son “I’ll work to inhibit French colonialism.”
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This note was uploaded on 04/06/2008 for the course HIST 218 taught by Professor Lieberman during the Fall '08 term at University of Michigan.

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