Date of Award

Fall 1984

Document Type

Restricted Thesis

Terms of Use

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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


History Department


Spielberg examines US attitudes within the Truman administration toward France and the Vietnam conflict from 1946 to 1950. Analyzing primary sources such as the Pentagon papers and contemporary news articles as well as a synthesis of secondary sources, Spielberg argues that the Truman administration’s unequivocal opposition to Communism in any form made it impossible for them to consider siding with Ho Chi Minh, despite his popular support in the nation and initial openness toward relations with the West.