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Washington's Taiwan Dilemma: From Abandonment to Salvation

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In contrast to most of the historical literature, which has concentrated on Washington's approach to developing a policy toward the communist-controlled mainland, Finkelstein examines the concomitant policy debate that centered around the question of how to deal with the Nationalist holdout regime on Taiwan--a story particularly intriguing because "the evidence clearly indicates that had North Korea not invaded the south in June 1950 the United States would not have intervened with military force to prevent the fall of Taiwan to a communist invasion." Note: CiP has the title and subtitle reversed. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780913969649
  • Publisher: George Mason University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1994
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 392

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 The United States and China, 1938-1948: A Frustrating Encounter 7
Ch. 2 The Nationalist Occupation of Taiwan: A Less Than Inspiring Record 45
Ch. 3 Acheson's China Policy: Banking on Mao Tse-Tito 85
Ch. 4 In Search of a Taiwan Policy: January-March 1949 109
Ch. 5 The Mission of Livingston T. Merchant: March-May 1949 133
Ch. 6 Taiwan Policy Reviewed: May-November 1949 163
Ch. 7 December 1949: NSC 48 and the Battle for Formosa 207
Ch. 8 Taiwan Policy Besieged: January-June 1950 263
Epilogue: Korea and the Neutralization of Taiwan 331
Conclusions 339
Appendix: Macarthur's Memorandum on Formosa, 14 June 1950 345
Bibliography 351
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